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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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May 08, 2008

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An unusual mystery told by an unusual narrator, you'll find yourself sucked in by the end of the first chapter.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher finds himself in the middle of a mystery when his neighbor's dog is murdered, and he, himself, is accused of the crime. Determined to clear his name, he begins an investigation that will uncover some of darkest secrets in the neighborhood, and inside his own family.

The interesting thing about this story is that Christopher is autistic. It's fascinating to be inside his head, and hear his logic at work -- it's like being able to see everything that's happening from two points of view at once.

Most amazing is Haddon's ability to make you care about this uber-logical, unemotional character. So much so that your heart hurts a little when he learns the truth about his family...


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