The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

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Wellington, the neighbor’s poodle has been murdered with a garden fork. Christopher, a 15 year old autistic boy with an aptitude for math, is going to solve the murder mystery as well as some other mysteries related to his own life and write a book about it.


Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Vintage Contemporaries, 2003. 221 pages. Paperback. $14.95, ISBN 978-1-4000-3271-6

“My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057.”

Christopher is 15 years old. He is autistic. Christopher does not experience life the way most people do. He does not feel emotions like most people do. There are just a few things you need to know about Christopher. He does not like to be touched so you can never hug Christopher. If you touch him, he will hit you. He does not like the colors yellow or brown but red is a very good color. He cannot eat his food if the different items touch. Christopher is very smart. He likes everything to have an order. He is extremely gifted in Math, which he enjoys very much. Christopher is writing a book. His teacher Sioban recommended he write about something he would like to read himself.

The book Christopher is writing is the one you will be reading. The book is a murder mystery because Christopher loves murder mysteries.  Christopher’s neighbor’s poodle, Wellington, was killed with a garden fork and Christopher is going to find out who did it. This story turns out to be so much more than a murder mystery. Read to find out what other mysteries Christopher solves in the process. Read to get an inside look into the mind of someone who experiences things differently from the norm as well as a look at how his mother and father are affected by their life with Christopher. You will be glad you did.

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 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
2003 Whitbread Book of the Year
Booklist Editor’s Choice for Young Adults
School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults
ALA Best Books for Young Adults
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award
2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize of Europe and South Asia

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