Title: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
By: Mark Haddon
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: May 18th, 2004
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.
Review: I went into this book not realizing that the main charterer, the one who is telling the story, is autistic. It made me love the book that much more. We follow Christopher as he tries to navigate a world made for people who think differently than he does. Wellington the dog is killed and it spins Christopher's world into a whirlwind of emotions and thrilling adventures. I loved this book, and not just because I am the mother of an autistic son, but because the author was really able to convey the difficulties an autistic child faces while giving the reader an amazing story to sink into.