by Julie HaleMay, 2004
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Haddon's award-winning debut novel was chosen as a Today Show Book Club pick. The narrator is Christopher John Francis Boone, an autistic 15-year-old math whiz who interprets the world in painstakingly literal terms. When he discovers that his neighbor's poodle has been brutally killed, Christopher decides to solve the murder, to the dismay of his father, and write a book about his inquiry into the dog's death. Filled with off-beat illustrations and Christopher's one-of-a-kind observations on astronomy and mathematics, this humorous and poignant novel traces the course of his investigation a remarkable quest that reveals some disturbing facts about Christopher's parents and his own past. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.readinggroupcenter.com.