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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon  |  Grades: 9-12  |  Lexile Level 1090

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

A bestselling modern classic--both poignant and funny--about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor's dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

Reviews

"Moving. . . . Think of The Sound and the Fury crossed with The Catcher in the Rye and one of Oliver Sacks's real-life stories." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy." --Ian McEwan, author of Atonement

"Brilliant. . . . Delightful. . . . Very moving, very plausible--and very funny." --Oliver Sacks

"Superb. . . . Bits of wisdom fairly leap off the page." -- Newsday

"Disorienting and reorienting the reader to devastating effect. . . . As suspenseful and harrowing as anything in Conan Doyle." --Jay McInerney, The New York Times Book Review

"Extraordinarily moving, often blackly funny. . . . It is hard to think of anyone who would not be moved and delighted by this book." -- Financial Times, London

"Both clever and observant." -- The Washington Post

"Full of whimsical surprises and tender humor." -- People 

Biographical Notes Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon (1962 -   ) is the author of the bestselling novels The Red House and A Spot of Bother. His novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and is the basis for the Tony Award-winning play. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, has written and illustrated numerous children's books, and has won awards for both his radio dramas and his television screenplays. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.

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