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ISBN: 0385605870 / ISBN-13: 9780385605878

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

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  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (David Fickling Books) – Hardcover (2003)
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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

    Hardcover, David Fickling Books
    2003
    288 pages

    ISBN: 0385605870
    ISBN-13: 9780385605878

    Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good detective stories, however, the more he unearths, the deeper the mystery gets - for both Christopher and the rest of his family.

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Overall customer rating: 4.424
liz

A wonder to read, wonderful to read

by liz on Jan 2, 2012

Funny, honest and inciteful The Curious Incident ... is one of those books that I read when working in school and reread to remind myself that life does have good bits as well as bad. How can the life of Christopher be changed by his investigation? Read the book and find out. This book does an excellent job of showing the human side of aspergers and leaving us with a more rounded character, a teenager who goes out into the world and finds coping mechanisms for dealing with more than a simple case of canine murder... One of my dessert island books.

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PollyPrince

A Curious Tale

by PollyPrince on Sep 23, 2011

This is an unusual story, told through the eyes of a 15 year old boy, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. Once I had checked out the nature of this illness, I cautiously began reading. The action begins with the discovery of the body of a neighbour's dog with a garden fork sticking out of it and Christopher, our protagonist, decides to don his metaphorical deerstalker and unmask the killer. This is the beginning of a journey that will lead to a surprising revelation and turn his world upside down. Christopher lives with his father, his mother having died of heart problems some years earlier, and because of his illness, he attends a special school. His symptoms include dislike of certain colours, being touched, various foods, and mostly strangers and strange places. His father disapproves of his detective work, and there are arguments between the two on this and other subjects. Being a stickler for detail, Christopher interviews the neighbours about the killing, but treads on a few toes and further upsets his father, which leads to the confiscation of his notebook containing all of his clues and notes, which is thrown into the rubbish bin. Once his father has left the house, he looks in the bin to retrieve his notes, but the notebook is not there. He searches the house and eventually finds the notebook in a box in his father's room, but there is more than his notebook in the box, and he makes a shocking discovery which forces him to make a long journey on his own. The many explanatory drawings, tables and diagrams help to explain Christopher's view of life and how he deals with the day to day trials and tribulations he comes across and the processes he has been taught, and which he has taught himself, to deal with his illness. An excellent book, and a worthy winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year in 2003.

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Holly G

Wonderful reading

by Holly G on Feb 5, 2011

This book was a joy to read. The perspective from the narrator was fascinating, and gave the book some magic.

carriej

Very Good!

by carriej on Aug 25, 2009

I really enjoyed reading the story of the "murder mystery" and seeing the extent this boy went to for answers. He reached beyond his comfort level and did things he never would have done if he weren't so intrigued by what happened to the neighbor's dog. His perspective on normal daily life and life's typical events was enlightening. Great book club read!

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AnnLeslie

A Wonderful Incident

by AnnLeslie on Jul 20, 2009

I would never have read this book had someone told me it was about a boy with autism. So I won't tell you that, because actually its much more than that. It's a bonafide murder mystery. A young boy, who happens to have autism and is a mathematics savant, sets out to solve the mystery of his neighbor's dog's murder. I was held captive by the suspenseful plot that sort of blossems into 2 or 3 subplots all centered around this boy. He has hard times, good times and a terrifying road trip to London. Oh, and you'll never guess who really killed the dog! What a shocker!

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