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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

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

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.

From the Back Cover
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has a photographic memory. He understands maths. He understands science. What he can't understand are other human beings. When he finds his neighbour's dog lying dead on the lawn, he decides to track down the killer and write a murder mystery about it. But what other mysteries will he end up uncovering?

Well this one I read after my son Reece, got it out of the school library. It was recommended because of the main character having Aspergers Syndrome, and it certainly helped me understand a little better what my son goes through, even though his Aspergers is not the same. But I think it is a book that everyone should read, then maybe they wouldn't be so critical of parents and their children who have a form of autism.
This book made me cry, laugh and well, nod my head in understanding. My son liked this book because of the mystery! lol

4 comments:

Karan said...

I found it not only a great raed but a fascinating insight too. I think this book should be on the reading list of all those who work with kids & in schools in general - it could lead to better understanding of Asperger's. :0)

Julie said...

I enjoyed this book too, it was very informative as well as entertaining.

brokenfairy said...

Yes it should, although my son had to get special permission to get this out as it is only for those in Y10 and above, because of the swearing!

Lisa said...

My son bought this book last year, and we both enjoyed it, and it let us both understand a little more about Asperger's