The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

dogHaddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  New York: Vintage, 2004. Print. ISBN: 1400032717. Paperback.  $11.74.

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.

Book talk:

  • 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+


(1 is poor and 5 amazing! )

GENRE: Realistic 

LITERARY AWARDS (gathered from Good Reads):

Check this out – the book was made into a play.  Here is a promo for one adaptation.




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