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

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
South Bank Show Book Award
longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Why did I choose this book?
It was recommended to my by a neighbour. He told me what it was about. And because I know some children with autism, I was intrigued.

About the author:
Mark Haddon (1962) is a very versitile person. He is an author of both adult and childrens books and poetry, illustrator and screenwriter. As a young man he has worked with autistic people.

The Story:
Christopher, a boy with Asperger's syndrome, finds his neighbours dog lying dead in the garden. It has been killed with a garden fork. Christopher tries to find out who has killed Wellington, but in the process he unearths some other nasty secrets which turn his whole world upside down and make him undertake the most terifying journey of his life.

One of those books that you just can't put down. I finished it in one day! This book really shows you what the world looks like when you look at it through the eyes of someone with autism. How confusing life is for someone who cannot distinguish the important bits from all the background noise, like 'normal' people do. What a scary place the world must be! And then a dog gets killed and there is family trouble, and Christopher has to make the most terifying journey of his lifetime; from Swindon to London, on his own. Christopher is a lovely boy who just does not understand the world he is living in, and in return is not understood by the world. This book will definitly help me to better understand the children with autism I know.


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