This week for Teen Book Talk our reviewer talks about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (which is also set to show on Broadway through SHNSF in the upcoming 2016-2017 season).

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Chaturya G., Teen Reviewer

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Book Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Author: Mark Haddon

Book Format: Book

Year of Publication: 2003

Book appeals to: late teens-adults

Rating: 3.5

This book is supposedly a “mystery” novel, but the overall layout of the book doesn’t really make it seen that way. The main character in this book is named Christopher. He’s a fifteen year old boy who has an Autism spectrum condition. This condition makes physical contact with anyone unbearable for him, but he is also smarter than the average kid. One day, Christopher comes across the dead body of Wellington, his neighbor’s dog. He finds the dog with a pitchfork stabbed in him and decides that it must’ve been murder. He makes it his responsibility to find the murderer of the dog.

Personally, I thought this book was pretty good overall and interesting because the story is told from the point of a guy with Autism. However, some parts did get boring because Christopher would go on very long tangents not related to the murder mystery at all. For example, Christopher would go into deep thought about physics and math and explain in great detail about that. Generally, the book focused mainly on Christopher’s relationship with his family members and at one point it didn’t seem like the murder mystery was the main plot of the novel even though it was supposed to be. However, this shows us how a person with Autism may think and that’s what makes this a very unique book. Only people in their late teens or adults may enjoy or like this book since it has complicated material only the more mature audiences would be able to understand. Also, the book was written by a British author so some words may be a bit confusing for the general American populace.

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