Annotation: Christopher does not like being around people but when his neighbor’s dogs is murdered he overcomes his anxiety to conduct an investigation to clear his name.
- Christopher Boon is a mathematically gifted boy of fifteen with Asperger’s syndrome.
- He just sees things differently than other “normal” people.
- Social situations are extremely uncomfortable and human touch is s fitfully, stressful.
- When the neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is discovered murdered on the front yard, Christopher is accused by the neighbor of the killing. Why?
- Because the neighbor discovers the grisly scene just as Christopher hugging the dead dog.
- The strange death of Wellington prompts Christopher to search for his killer.
- Christopher decides to conduct his investigation, like his idol Sherlock Holmes, and writes a detective story, which he entitles, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
- In his search for Wellington’s killer, Christopher discovers many other things.
- Secrets………………about his life……………..that change his life.
This was an entertaining read, ages 13+
MY RATING: 3.5
(1 is poor and 5 amazing! )
LITERARY AWARDS (gathered from Good Reads):
- Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2003)
- Whitbread Award for Novel and Book of the Year (2003)
- McKitterick Prize (2004)
- Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2003)
- Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (2004)
- ALA Alex Award (2004), Zilveren Zoen (2004)
- ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2004)
- Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2006)
- Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book Overall (2004)
Check this out – the book was made into a play. Here is a promo for one adaptation.
- Audible Daily Deal – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Narrated by Jeff Woodman) for $2.95! (randomizeme.net)
- London: The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time (anamnesiacinengland.wordpress.com)