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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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An autistic math genius sets out to solve the murder-by-pitchfork of a neighbor's dog. The narrator's autism gives a terrific, interesting depth to his voice. Incredibly well done, Mark Haddon's debut novel is sweet, original, and moving.
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International Bestseller

#1 National Bestseller in Canada

Foreign rights have been sold to the UK, Italy, France, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Japan, Greece, Finland, Denmark, Holland and Brazil.

Film rights have been bought by Hey Day (the makers of Harry Potter) together with Brad Grey (producer of The Sopranos) and Brad Pitt in their first acquisition for Warner Bros.

Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher's carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour's dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.

Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents' marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher's mind.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon's choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.

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Paperback edition of the fantastically unusual detective story written from the perspective of an autistic boy. Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2003 and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2003. Readership level: 12+.

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ngarcia2412, December 4, 2011 (view all comments by ngarcia2412)
In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon magnificently exlains what it is like to be autistic in this novel. Throughout the story, reader's will experience the events portrayed throuh the eye's of Christopher Boone, an extremely smart autistic male who tries to have a "logical" answer for everything about everything in the universe. I did enjoy this read because for simple stuff that we experience (like emotions), he tries to expain them with logic, but doesn't quite understand them. The story starts when Chris finds Wellington, the neighbors dog, is found dead with fork inside his back. AS the title states, Chris then goes on a quest to solve the murder. Although everything is against him, Chris is determined to find the culprit and documents the events and his thoughts inside the novel as the story continues on.While his father is at work, Chris often sneaks off behind his father's back to search for clues and get the bottom the incident. Unlike most books though, instead of chapters going "1,2,3,..." since Chris is highly intelligent with numbers, he decides to label each chapter a prime number. Unique from the normal read, I highly recommend reades of teen and older to read that are looking for a good book or to fully understand exactly what it really means to be autistic. captivating novel as Chris ventures as far as London (by himself) to find the real answer to who killed Wellington. Using a different twist of wordplay, this novel makes you think and use a little prior knowledge to put two and two together and figure out what each chapter really means (from his opinion on people to a submarine 12,000 feet underwater). With the exception of a couple scenes, I recommend this book for anyone thirteen and up. -N. Garcia
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bobjones, December 4, 2011 (view all comments by bobjones)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a touching novel told through the eyes of Christopher John Francis Boone, a British teenager who suffers from autism. Just because Christopher has autism does not mean is simple minded though, in fact he knows every country of the world and it’s capitol and every prime number up to 7,057. Unfortunately, only a few short years ago, Christopher’s mother died of a heart attack.
The story follows Christopher as he tries to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington, his neighbor Mrs. Shear’s poodle, while simultaneously writing a book on the story itself. When Christopher tells his father of his clues and suspects though, his father yells at him and tells him to mind his own business. Christopher finds a loop hole in his father’s words and continues his detective work. Soon, Christopher meets Mrs. Alexandra, a neighborhood lady who accidentally reveals to Christopher that his mother had cheat on his father with Mr. Shears, the neighbor’s former wife. Christopher seems unfazed by this discovery and continues writing his book. Christopher’s father finds the book and discovers that he had spoken to Mrs. Alexandra and is furious with him. His father takes the book and hides it in a shirt-box in his closet, where he keeps personal items. While his father is at work, Christopher sneaks into his room and finds not only the book, but a shocking secret about his mother.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an excellent read for young teenagers to adults with an ending that leaves the reader with a sort of happy-feel good feeling. I recommend this book for any person about age 13 or older (because it contains quite a bit of cursing) that is looking for a good book to read.
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cb13abc101, December 2, 2011 (view all comments by cb13abc101)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, by Mark Haddon is hands down one of the most authentic pieces about autism that I have ever read. This focuses on Christopher Boone, a 15 year old boy who is trying to write a novel about the death of his neighbor’s dog Wellington. Struck with Autism Christopher, struggles to stay on topic, writing about prime numbers, math equations, and other complex topics. While writing this book he finds the secrets his father has been hiding from him for two years. Thinking he may never be safe again Christopher decides to run away, remembering the path to his school, he goes and then finds his way to the train station. On his adventure Christopher must make his trip while hiding from the police and his father Christopher’s autism kicks in, and he is now noticing the strangers that are surrounding him and all of the different words making him want to be anywhere else. With only his pet rat Toby for company Christopher comes face to face with his death and barely dodges it after that he roams around an unfamiliar city not knowing what to do, he is focused on one thing and that is getting away from his father. As he looks for red cars, (the sign for a good day) he pulls his Swiss army knife on more than one person, knowing he can kill them if he had to. As he arrives to his destination Christopher is taken back to his home, and was told to talk to his father. This book focuses more on Christopher’s family than Wellington, but as everything unfolds fate shows who the true murderer is. I enjoyed this book more than any book I have ever read before. Once you thought something, the opposite happened and you would never guess what came next. After reading this book you see things through the life of an autistic person’s eyes and have a whole new view on things. The book shows how you can do anything, no matter the troubles you have, Christopher Boone shows this to you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780099456766
Author:
HADDON, MARK
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Location:
N
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
2004/04/01
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
279
Dimensions:
198 X 127 in.

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Product details 279 pages Random House Children's Books - English 9780099456766 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

An autistic math genius sets out to solve the murder-by-pitchfork of a neighbor's dog. The narrator's autism gives a terrific, interesting depth to his voice. Incredibly well done, Mark Haddon's debut novel is sweet, original, and moving.

"Synopsis" by , Paperback edition of the fantastically unusual detective story written from the perspective of an autistic boy. Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2003 and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2003. Readership level: 12+.

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