The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon


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  1. Tessa S. Says:

    This story is about Christopher, a kid with a disability, who finds a dog who was killed, and Christopher has to find who killed the dog. The dog was killed with a fork and Christopher went to see if it was dead. When he found out it was dead, he wanted to find the killer of the dog. When he is finding out who killed the dog he finds out a lot about his family and goes through a lot.

    This book I thought was very good and interesting to me. I like how it takes a bunch of turns – well you read the book – that you would not expect.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Wonder

  2. Meredith C. Says:

    Summary: This is a story about an autistic boy named Christopher and his investigation to find out who killed Wellington, Mrs. Shears’ dog. The book starts out with Christopher finding Wellington outside of Mrs. Shears’ house. Chris immediately wanted to know who killed the dog and decided to investigate the murder of Wellington the dog. The story is a diary of Christopher that follows both his daily life and his struggles to find the killer. Eventually Christopher discovers who killed Wellington and it wasn’t exactly who he expected. The news caused Christopher to take a dangerous journey to find his mother and travel over England alone.

    Review: I enjoyed this book a lot. I really thought it was interesting how the author convincingly wrote a book in the point of view of an autistic boy. The book has a few twists and turns that definitely threw me off and those made the book even more enjoyable. It wasn’t my favorite book but it definitely was a great one.

    Rating: I think I’d rate this book at a ⅘ stars because it was a great book, but it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read.

    Recommendations: Three books that I would recommend are West Side Story by Irving Shulman, Looking for Alaska by John Green and It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. West Side Story is the novelization of the Broadway play West Side Story and it follows Tony and Maria former members of rival gangs and their struggle to have their love accepted by their families. It is a Romeo and Juliet based story and I really recommend it to people who like the movie/play. Looking for Alaska is a book about a boy named Miles Halter who goes away to a boarding school and becomes infatuated with a girl named Alaska who mysteriously disappears. The book tells of Miles’ search for Alaska. I would also recommend this book to people who enjoy mystery type books but also love stories. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a book about a boy named Craig and his experience in a mental hospital after he attempts suicide. This book is very good and I recommend it to everyone.

  3. Emilyn G. Says:

    Summary: The point of view is from a boy who has autism. Christopher knows all the countries in the world and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates very well to animals, especially Mrs. Shears’ dog Wellington. But no understanding of human emotions. He hates the color yellow and brown, also does not like to be touched. The conflict of the story is the mystery murder of Wellington, when Chris found Wellington with a pitchfork in his body dead on Mrs. Shears garden. After Mrs. Shears called the police on Chris for “killing” Wellington, he spends a couple of hours at the station while his dad comes for him. Chris was wondering who was the murderer, so he started an investigation behind his dad’s back. While investigating, he finds out something’s about his dead mother.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Response: I really enjoyed reading this book; it was filled with imagery, pictures and comedy. This whole book point of view was unique because it captures Chris’ thoughts, feelings and actions which brings this whole book together. Although the main conflict wasn’t so big, Chris tries to find clues along the way discovering something devastating. I liked how they added a whole other conflict to the story, making the reader wanting to read more.

    Recommendations: Wonder, Born on a Blue Day

  4. Bryce J. Says:

    This book tackles the concept of an autistic boy’s struggles with navigating life. It starts out by throwing him into the middle of a situation which seems out of his control, as he gets caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time, and becomes a suspect for the murder of the neighbor’s dog. He feels an obligation to investigate into the case, as he is curious, and doesn’t have the social skills to understand the potential risks. And despite multiple warnings from the police and his father, he carries out his “Investigation.” After interviewing and investigating for a little while, he discovers that his mother had gotten into a relationship with the neighbor. When he talks to his father about this, and the dog, he reacts unnaturally and gets very mad at him. He then discovered who killed the neighbor’s dog as a result, and the answer comes as somewhat of a surprise.

    I thought that this book did a good job of taking on the idea of autism, as for one, it was written entirely through the point of view from the autistic child. It explained well how from his point of view, he has all the thoughts and feelings of a child that is much younger, and it shows how autism could be very difficult to live with. Also, the difficulties of autism were expressed very clearly to me through the reaction of his parents

    Rating: I would rate it at 4 stars.

    Recommendations: Wonder, Dead End in Norvelt, Okay for Now

  5. Chai S. Says:


    The book that our group read was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. The book started out when Christopher stumbled upon Wellington the dog in Mrs. Sheer’s yard. Wellington had a garden fork sticking out of him. At that point Chris made it his top priority to find Wellington’s killer. Throughout the story Chris was constantly getting stonewalled by his neighbors and family. They all thought that Chris should just mind his own business. Even with no help from anybody Chris finally found out what happened to Ms. Sheer’s dog, and what happened to his mom who was said to be dead…


    The book was very confusing at first. I did not really understand what was going on. But as the plot progressed I found the book easier and easier to understand. I found the book relatively unrealistic. What parent would let his autistic son go out at night, get in trouble with the law, and investigate a dog’s murder? Overall I would give the book ⅗. It was an interesting book but it really didn’t really peak my interest.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: If you liked this book you might also enjoy books where kids that suffer from mental illness overcome great obstacles.

  6. Colton J. Says:

    This book is the story of Christopher and the investigation to find the killer of Wellington, a poodle he found stabbed to death with a fork. But soon after he starts, he learns his mother may be alive and he investigates so they can reunite once again. Chris leaves to travel across England to find his mom.

    I thought the book was good because of the way it is written through the point of view of Christopher, because of the way he thinks is different than everyone else around him, so it makes the book more interesting. I don’t get why he walks around with a knife, because he is paranoid of all strangers.

  7. Noah D. Says:

    In this story a 15 year old boy named Christopher Boon finds a dead dog with a garden fork sticking out of it. He decides to investigate the mysterious happening in the night, and he discovers many other mysteries. Including one about his mom, who he was told died from a sudden heart attack, while in the hospital. Near the end of the book he figures out who killed Wellington as well as the mystery of his mom. The story ends on a good note.

    The book over all was fairly good and had lots of interesting details and plot twists that keep you interested. However the book lacks the ability to make me feel emotional and keeps me from really caring about the characters. Even though it lacks this I still feel that it is a well constricted novel especially for one that is supposedly written by an autistic kid.

    Rating: I would rate this book a 3 out of 5 because there is more good about the book than not.

    Recommendations: Wonder by R. J. Palacio and Success by Martin Aims

  8. Shane D. Says:

    This book is about a young autistic boy who is trying to make his way through the world. He lives with his father and his pet rat, Toby. His life is going pretty well until he takes a late walk and stumbles upon his neighbor’s dog who is stone dead. From that moment on his whole world is flipped upside down. He then was arrested by the police for the murder of a dog, even though he didn’t commit the crime. From that moment on, he is determined to figure out who killed the poor dog. During the investigation he stumbles upon a very closely guarded secret.

    This book was a very interesting read and it was very suspenseful. The book was filled with strong characters and a good plot line. This book also was also made even more interesting by the fact that it is told by an autistic boy’s point of view. A small warning, this book was hard to read at some points because of some graphic scenes. Overall this book is a great read and I would recommend it to just about anybody.

    Rating: 4.49578976328026542087562736450185674365054380

    Recommendations: Circle of Treason, Good Hunting, and Raise the Titanic

  9. Will L. Says:

    Christopher is a special case of a boy. He lacks the normal social skills of the average person but breezes by school as a mathematical genius. He wanders the streets in the nighttime, liking his individuality only to find the cadaver of his neighbor’s dog, stabbed to death by a fork. With a love for mystery novels and a pristine memory, Christopher sets out to find out what happened to the innocent dog. But the mystery starts taking a sharp turn when his family’s involvement starts chipping in, taking the case over as a whole. Things start to reveal themselves as Christopher finds new evidence and even involvement of his mother’s death.

    Mystery novels are always quite fun. The way certain things play out in order to wrap me on the edge of my seat in suspense is always a great experience. This book sorta did that, at least throughout the second third of the book. The beginning was not bad, good exposition and start but it really got going during the second third. Mystery started, bits of evidence to trickle me forward and the perception of the main character really helped create this into a great book. They kinda went down from there though. The ending made sense and all, just pretty boring and kinda left a lukewarm soup taste in my mouth. Overall, it was a fun mystery novel with a fun perception that I rarely see in books. The way certain things are written and the format of the book was quirky and fun to read through.

    Rating: I’d give it a 7/10. 3.5 stars. Good with a meh ending.

    Recommendations: I quite enjoy books from the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. Great writing even though its titles bathe in cheese. Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy is always quite fun to read, I’ve kinda grown out of them but their easy writing and over the top action still keep me going back to them. A good manga can be quite cool too. The Fullmetal Alchemist series has great writing in order to create a great world and story.

  10. Zanny W. Says:

    Summary: An autistic boy named Christopher lives alone with his father and only likes logical or mathematical reasoning. Christopher’s mother died when he was in about 2nd grade and he misses her very much. One morning he discovered his neighbor’s dog stabbed to death with a garden fork in her yard. That day he makes it his mission to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington. But along the way he solves more mysteries then he was asking for, revealing truths he never knew were lies.

    Evaluation: This book was honestly one of my favorite books I’ve read. The perspective the author narrates through really does the magic because the reader can understand why Christopher is doing something and not just that he is doing something. I finally understood the thought process of an autistic child and how much of a challenge daily life can be for them.

    Rating: *****

    Recommendations: It’s Kind of a Funny story, Between Shades of Grey, and the author James Patterson.

  11. f Says:

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a very intriguing novel when read with analysis skill and a clear focus. Metaphors are used, although the main character Christopher does not like them. I challenge all readers and respondents to reread the text with special care, utilizing reading strategies. It is quite phenomenal. The movie: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is very interesting to watch as a follow-up for this book. The connections are amazing. Enjoy!

  12. Noah H. Says:

    The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time, by Mark Haddon, is an easy read but an interesting one. This fictional book is an adventurous mystery novel that is written with a good imagination. The setting is placed in modern England and this allows me to relate easier than to books that take place in the past. It also has many curious and odd characters, my favorite being Mrs. Alexander. I liked reading this book because it is a curious mystery book, but I enjoy it also because it has different settings and plots throughout the book. The main character, Christopher, is a teenage boy with some kind of mental disability. The novel starts out with Christopher finding his neighbor’s dog dead in the front yard. He then tries to find out who killed the dog but while he is looking, he finds out something else about his past. In the book I don’t like the choice that he makes at the end, and that ruins the book for me. This book is a little graphic at the beginning, and throughout the book there is a lot of swearing. Because of this I would recommend it for middle school and older. Overall I’d say it was alright.

  13. Dayne F. Says:

    The Curious incident Of The Dog In The Night time by Mark Haddon started out very good and I really enjoyed it, but there are a few things that bothered me about the book.
    The book was a murder mystery novel with a twist. The “twist” was that the book was being written, narrated, and was about a mentally challenged kid named Christopher, but the whole story wasn’t just about him trying to solve the murder but also about him finding out a family secret that would change his life forever.
    One of the things that bothered me about the story were how repetitive the book was in the book as almost all the paragraphs started with “And”, I know what you are thinking “that isn’t that big of a problem but when you go through almost 500 “Ands” you start to get annoyed over all, didn’t really like the book, and would not recommend it.

  14. Matthew M. Says:

    The book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon is a very interesting read that will keep you flipping pages. This is a fictional book about a mystery. It is about a mentally challenged child named Chris who lives with his dad. The neighbor’s dog is murdered and the Chris tries to figure out who killed the dog. Chris discovers many secrets along the way about the dog and even his own family. I would really recommend that you read this book. It is a quick fun read and won’t take a lot of your time to read. You will not be disappointed if you read this great book. There is some adult language so this should be read with caution.

  15. Andrew S. Says:

    Well, what a book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon has been! To start with, this book is the type of book where one minute you’ll have a certain opinion about a topic then in one flip of a page your mind will be scrambled. This book, from my understanding, seems to be a mystery where the reader is placed in the mind of the main character, Christopher. The book begins with Christopher discovering his neighbor’s poodle dead in her lawn. Now he has to search down the killer with his many unorthodox methods. Christopher, throughout the book, writes as if he is talking straight to you and it gives a very different aspect to this novel. He often uses pictures or diagrams to help him describe what he is thinking. It is evident that he has some sort of mental illness, but the reason I say this you’ll have to find for yourself in the book. A negative I found in this book, which in some cases may be positive, is that if you lose your attention span just for a small amount of time then you will become confused and may have to backtrack. I personally didn’t find the book extremely appealing but this doesn’t change my opinion that this is a well thought out book. This book has quite a bit of adult language so I wouldn’t recommend this to those who would be offended by this. All-in-all I would rate this book very positively, even though personally I didn’t find it interesting, and it will leave your on your toes throughout this complex novel.

    Rating (Out of 5): 3.5

  16. Sierra D. Says:

    Mark Haddon’s book, The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime, is a captivating novel about a mentally disabled boy that should both have readers on the edge of their seats, as well as give a better perspective of the part of society that is marked by labels of lower intelligence. This can be identified as either a non-fiction or mystery book. The thing that I most enjoyed about the book is the fact that it is told from the mentally disabled boy’s point of view. I liked this because not many stories are told this way and it really helps to give perspective to the reader. Overall, I really enjoyed the book, not only because of the plot itself, but because of the way that the author portrays it. Because Christopher has mental disabilities, it is more difficult for him to communicate than other people. He is very straightforward with whatever he is thinking, which helps to provide tone to the story. This isn’t a hard book to read and comprehend, but it does go into some potentially adult themes such as adultery, graphic images, and violence, so I’d recommend this book for ages 12+.

  17. Jonah S. Says:

    Summary: When an autistic 15 year old boy named Christopher goes for a midnight walk, he doesn’t expect to find a neighbor’s dog stabbed to death with a garden fork, and nobody expects him to play detective until he knows what happened to Wellington. But Christopher uncovers more than he bargained for, and his life crumbles around him. But Christopher isn’t just going to sit back and let that happen. The 15 year old takes control and continues to learn more than anyone thought he could.

    Evaluation: This was a very good book that I enjoyed immensely. The book did have some parts that were boring, but overall the rest of the book made up for it. The ending of the book was kind of sad, and I didn’t like that as much.

    Recommendations: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Night, The Book Thief

  18. Jacob L. Says:

    A boy, named Christopher, found a dog dead stabbed with a pitchfork. He decided to investigate, even though his dad told him repeatedly not to. Eventually, he found some letters from his mom that his dad had hidden…

    This book was completely different from anything I’ve ever read. This was mostly because it was written from the perspective of an autistic boy. I enjoyed it though, it was just kind of new and refreshing.

    Rating: 4 stars: ****

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianThe Hobbit

  19. Savannah S. Says:

    Summary: Chirstopher John Franics Boone is a boy with autism. He knows all the prime numbers into the 7000s, and doesn’t really understand human emotions, however he is very in-touch with animals. The book begins with him finding his neighbor’s dog dead in her back yard. All fingers point at him because he found the dog dead. He is even taken to the police station for questioning. No one really understands Christopher except his tutor. Christopher is under the impression that his mother is dead, and he has believed this for a while. When Christopher finds out…

    Evaluation: This book was all right. If you like diary type reading, this book is great for you. There are parts in it where its kind of slow, and I hated the ending, but, overall, it was an okay book.

    Rating: 2.5 stars.

    Recommendations: 13 Reasons Why, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird

  20. Jackson R. Says:

    Summary: The story is about a teen boy named Christopher; the story shows how he goes about finding the killer of his neighbor’s dog Wellington. Along the way he encounters some suprises about his life and goes on some adventures to find someone. During the adventure he encounters lots of issues.

    Evaluation: I thought the book was not so great, sometimes it was a little too descriptive, and at some points it made me want to tear the hair out of my head, because he was too serious. At some points it was impossible to follow, and I never knew who was talking. I would not recommend this book to a friend unless they want to get terribly frustrated.

    Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Recommendations: Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian, and Where the Red Fern Grows.

  21. Tess P. Says:

    Christopher Boone doesn’t understand humans. He connects with animals. He has always stood out in school, and his father doesn’t get him. Christopher isn’t like other people, so when he finds his neighbor’s dog recently murdered, he makes it his goal to find out what happened. Though his detective work, Chris finds out more than he imagined, and learns a secret that will change everything Chris has come to know.

    I enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for a few reasons. I really like how the author, Mark Haddon, writes from Chris’s perspective. This is impactful because it shows a side of the world that people don’t see as clearly. He also creates situations where most people couldn’t continue on, but Chris never gives up. Haddon brings to life a realistic boy with big dreams, which I really enjoyed.

    Rating: 4 Stars

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  22. Renee G. Says:

    Summary: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is about a 15 year old autistic boy named Christopher. The story starts off when Christopher decides to become a detective and write a book on who killed Wellington, his neighbor Mrs. Shears’ dog, with a garden fork. Along his journey to finding who killed Wellington, he unveils some answers to questions he didn’t have in the beginning.

    Evaluation: For the most part I enjoyed this book and found it interesting. However, certian parts of this book were slightly disturbing and could be a bit offensive to those who don’t
    like swearing.

    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Recommendations: The Glass Castle, Breathless

  23. Josh C. Says:

    The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon is the story of a young Sir named Christopher. Chris’s neighbor’s dog has been killed, and he wants to find out who did it. Many challenges stand in his journey for the truth. Christopher is autistic and has trouble interacting with people socially, yet he overcomes these obstacles to find his way to the truth.

    This was a great book in my opinion. It was amazing to see how Chris faces danger and fights to find out who killed Wellington, the dog. The author, Mark Haddon, does a great job at describing the feelings of Christopher throughout his journey. It was extremely easy to place myself in his shoes and feel what he felt, his pain and his fear. There were many times where I didn’t want to put the book down; I always wanted to keep reading. Lastly, I really liked how Haddon didn’t attempt to mask the gritty nature of some of the people Chris interacted with. I feel like this added a level of realism to the story, which I really liked.

    Rating- 4 Stars

    Recommendations- Anthem by Ayn Rand, The Hunger Games trilogy, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

  24. Trip J. Says:

    Summary- It’s first thing in the morning. Wellington is dead. This story is about a boy named Christopher, an autistic boy with no social skills, but an extremely high IQ. One morning Chris walks out of his house and finds Mrs. Shears’ dog Wellington dead. And so starts a classic “whodunit” mystery novel. One mystery after another begins to build up until finally they are all solved.

    Evaluation- This was a very interesting book, although it had some plot holes; it was an enjoyable read.

    Rating- 4 Stars

    Recommendations- The Hunger Games trilogy, The Seven Realms series, Anthem

  25. Kieran L. Says:

    Summary: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is about a mentally challenged boy who is trying to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog with a pitch fork. He gets help from his teacher and his old lady neighbor. Along the way of the mystery he finds some interesting facts about his mother and his father.

    Evaluation: I very much enjoeyd this book. It was interesting seeing life through the eyes of a mentally retarded boy. He thinks of things and sees things much differently. One thing I didn’t like was how many times the author used the word “and” in one sentence. He would sometimes say it up to 8 times.

    Rating: 3.5 stars

    Recommendations: Battle Royale, Ender’s Game, Into the Wild

  26. Garth B. Says:

    Summary: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is about an autistic boy, named Christopher, who finds his neighbor’s dog dead with a pitch fork stuck in its side. Chris goes searching for the killer in an interesting way.

    Reflection: The characters in this book are really messed up people. The dad has anger and jealousy issues. The mom ran away, and I’m surprised nobody shot Chris for pulling a knife on them.

    Rating: 2 Stars

    Recommendations: The Homelanders series, Percy Jackson series, and The Heros of Olympus series.

  27. William W. Says:

    Summary: The Curious of the Dog in the Night-Time is about an autistic 15 year old boy, named Christopher John Francis Boone, who is incredibly smart, but doesn’t understand human emotions. The story centers on him trying to find out who killed a local dog, and he uncovers a secret that may change his life and his father’s life forever. This is the story of his investigation of who killed the dog.

    Evaluation: The Curious Incident is a great book if you are looking for something different and unique. Unfortunately, the perspective of Christopher is difficult to follow, and his Father basically only swears and almost follows the stereotype of middle-age British men. There is no chapter system, so that can be confusing, but it’s still a good read if you are into a not so action packed book

    Rating: 4 Stars

    Recommendations: Artemis Fowl Series, Hatchet, The Hunger Games

  28. Colin B. Says:

    Summary: The story line, though somewhat hard to tell because of the random tangents that the author sometimes writes about, is about Christopher, the main character, who starts by finding a dead dog with a fork sticking out of it. He then is arrested because the police think that he killed the dog. Once his Dad comes and gets him, he then searches for the killer, getting in all sorts of trouble. Along the way he discovers some other things about his mom, which leads his Dad to confess some pretty interesting things.

    Evaluation: This strange book is about a boy who has autism. I say strange not as an insult but because that’s what it really is. It has drawings and graphs that are totally unrelated to the book at all. Personally, I find this very thought-provoking and interesting. The book really made me start to think about things differently, especially in terms of how people act.

    Rating: 3.141592654

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, Speak.

  29. Anthony R. Says:

    Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is about a young autistic boy named Christopher John Francis Boone. Christopher has discovered that his neighbor’s dog has been killed, and he decides to investigate. Essentially he takes it upon himself to find out who killed it and in the process writes a book about his endeavor. By doing this Christopher gets into quite a bit of trouble along the way.

    Evaluation: Personally, I think that this is a very good book, although there are a few confusing parts. I enjoyed how all the chapters were marked with prime numbers, and I thought that Christopher was a very creative boy. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fun mysteries, and I would certainly read it again.

    Rating: 4/5 stars

    Recommendations: The Lightning Thief
    The Hunger Games Article 5

  30. Anna Z. Says:

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is about a teenage boy named Christopher who has Autism. He finds his neighbor’s dog laying dead in their front yard. He later learns that the dog had been stabbed with a pitchfork. Although this mystery doesn’t involve him in any way, Christopher attempts to solve the mystery of the dog in the night-time.

    This book will make you think, choose sides, and predict what will happen next. The author chooses to write this mystery novel in such a way that it will keep you into the story. Also, the conclusion may surprise you in the end.

    Rating: 3 Stars

    Recommendations: Speak, Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

  31. Brad J. Says:

    Summary: This is about a 15 year old boy who has autism. He finds a dog murdered with a pitch fork stuck in it. Then, he investigates it against his dad’s will. He makes a few people mad in the process.

    Evaluation: This book was ok. There’s a few slow parts, but overall it’s a good book. I would recommend it.

    Rating: 3.3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333 stars

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, Among the Hidden, Among the Free

  32. Adam E. Says:

    Summary: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time takes place in England. The story is about a 15 year old boy named Christopher who is diagnosed with autism. One night, he saw that his neighbor’s dog Wellington was dead in the middle of his neighbor’s lawn. Christopher is determined to find out who killed the dog and why. While trying to uncrack the mystery Christopher finds out much more information than he expected.

    Evaluation: I guess I liked this book. Even though it was written in a different way than most books, it was still very literal and there wasn’t much feeling in the writing. But I liked most of it.

    Rating: 3.5 stars.

    Recommendations: The Hot Zone and The Hunger Games.

  33. Athena P. Says:

    Summary: Christopher Boone is a 15 year old autistic boy. Despite his behavioral issues that come with autism, he still strives to be “normal”. He found his neighbor’s dog with a pitchfork through it, so he tries to solve the mystery. When he tries to play detective, things unravel that he never thought would happen. With his different ways of seeing things, his snooping clears out other mysteries in his life.

    Evaluation: I enjoyed this book immensely. I read this book about 3 times. With most evaluations I have read, they state that the math and science bits of the book were boring, but I found it really interesting. This is one of my favorite books, because I love how the story just fits together so perfectly.

    Rating: 5 stars

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, The Outsiders, Three Cups Of Tea

  34. Andrew L. Says:

    Christopher Boone has a social development disorder, can list every prime number up to 7,057, and dislikes the colors yellow and brown. His goal is to do “A level maths,” solve the suspicious death of his neighbors dog, and seek out a long thought dead relative. Christopher also has a pet rat named Toby. Christopher’s father only wants what’s best for him, but he can be a little violent when it comes to making him do the right thing.

    I would give this book 3/5 stars; the parts where Christopher explains his math is a little too hard to follow. The book tends to ramble and have run on sentences, which made it a little hard to follow. This, however, made it unique and unlike any book I have ever read.

    I would recommend “Where The Red Fern Grows” and Lord of the Flies.

  35. Maria Jose A. Says:

    Summary: Christopher is a boy who lives with autism. He lives with his father because he was told his mother died. Christopher finds the dead dog of his neighbor and is caught by the police. He likes animals better than people, and mysteries, that is why he seemed interested in finding out who killed Wellington (The Dog). He is very mature and logical in the way he sees the world. Christopher may find out more than he bargained for. He went on an adventure that changed the way he thought about everything. Now, all he has to do is decide what’s best for him.

    Evaluation: This book changed the way I thought about thinking. Since he is very logical and bold about things, it really made me think about his perspective. In some parts though, like when he explained math and probability, it was not that interesting, and it delayed the book a lot. The rest was detailed and interesting, especially the part’s about the letters, his father, and his mother.

    Rating: 3

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part – Time Indian, Packing For Mars

  36. Bailey M. Says:

    Summary: In the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time an autistic boy named Christopher discovers a neighbor’s dog, named Wellington, that had been murdered. Christopher goes to the dog at the wrong time and is blamed for the murder. Throughout the book, Christopher was working to uncover the murder, but finds more than what he was looking for.

    Evaluation: I thought this book was interesting. Although it was confusing at times, it all seemed to come together. I liked it for the most part. Then other times, it was a little bit slower than other books I have read.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

  37. Christopher N. Says:

    Mark Haddon created a captivating book about a 15 year-old boy named Christopher. Christopher has autism and lives with his father because his mother is dead. His father is a kind loving man who is hiding many secrets from his son. It starts out with Christopher walking down a street and seeing a dog stabbed in a front yard with a pitchfork sticking out of it. He begins to investigate who killed the dog because he is being blamed for it. He finds evidence that is not linking him to the crime. He pursues the matter and Chris soon has two mysteries to solve.

    I liked this book because it was very humorous and interesting. The author really identified how kids with autism think and respond to the environment around them. It was a new experience for me because I never read a book about kid with special needs. Each page turn captivated me with enthusiastic thoughts and wonders.

    Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

    Cry of the Icemark, The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan.

  38. Mariah M. Says:

    Summary: Christopher is a young boy who is autistic. Things haven’t been so good for him, his parents are divorced, and Mrs. Shears is accusing Christopher of her dog Wellington’s death. Christopher then becomes determined to find out who killed Wellington.

    Evaluation: What I liked about this book was that it was written with a different perspective (written as an autistic person). I didn’t like that there was very little action (it was very slow) and every other chapter was about something other than the book. For example, math problems, books, TV shows, etc. Because the chapters were written this way, I would forget parts of the story, and it would cause me to get side tracked from the actual story.

    Rating: 2 Stars

    Recommendations: The Cage, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and Packing for Mars

  39. Briana B Says:

    Chris has many challenges in his life including talking to people, touching yellow or brown, and going into people’s houses. One night Chris is found holding a dead dog and thought to have done the crime. Chris knows he didn’t kill the dog, but no one will believe him. So Chris decides to find who killed the dog. When digging into the murder Chris learns things about his past he never wanted to know. Everything he learns changes his life forever.

    I enjoyed the book because it was comes from the view of an autistic kid. It made me think of how different people view the world. I also loved the plot of the book on the murder and his twisted past. Although I didn’t like the end of the book, over all I would read it again.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Books I like…
    Don’t Eat This Book
    The Giver
    Three Cups of Tea

  40. Doria N. Says:

    Summary: In this book Christopher is an autistic boy who gets raveled up in the mysteries of his neighborhood. It all begins when he finds a dead dog killed in his neighbor’s yard. This starts his whirlwind journey in which he discovers secrets about his family, the world, and himself. He travels through England to find something he thought was gone.

    Evaluation: I kind of liked this book. It was a bit boring to follow Christopher’s mind sometimes because he has such a unique way of seeing the world. The plot was good but some of the filler stuff was a bit repetitive. The characters are interesting and they help create a better story, yet something seems to lack throughout.

    Rating: 3 Stars

    Recommendations: If I Stay, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Three Cups of Tea

  41. Emma B. Says:

    Summary: When Christopher Boone finds the neighbor dog pitch-forked into the ground, he is determined to find the murderer. Christopher is autistic and lives with his father because his mother is “dead”. Throughout the story, Chris goes on some amazing adventures and uncovers some well-kept secrets about his family.

    Evaluation: I thought the book was a fast and intriguing read. It’s very different and keeps you interested in what is happening. The novel also gave me a new perspective on how autistic people think. Just because they are socially awkward doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t smart. In several parts of the book, it demonstrates diagrams of how Chris is thinking. For people who like unique mysteries, this is definitely a good read.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: The Da Vinci Code, Three Little Words, Juliet

  42. Liam M. Says:

    Summary: A young boy, Christopher, happens to be autistic, and thinks very literally, but is abnormally smart. In the book, he finds a dog with a pitchfork stuck in its side, laying dead in his neighbors yard. He starts an investigation, and also writes a book about his findings. It is a very thrilling story for both Christopher, and the writer, as he learns to mistrust people close to him, and rides trains across the country.

    Evaluation: I really enjoyed the book. At first I didnt like that he left his father, but the ending definitely made up for it.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
    Lamb, Christopher Moore

  43. Evan D. Says:

    Summary: This book is about an autistic boy named Christopher who is 15 years old. Christpher wakes up one morning to find a dead dog in Mrs. Shears yard. Most of this book is about Christopher investigating the murder and also about his parents’ struggle with their relationship.

    Evaluation: I thought that it was a good book, because it was very interesting to see things in the perspective of Christpher because he thinks differently than most people.

    Rating: I would rate this 4 stars, because it was very interesting and captivating and the book was writen differently than most.

    Recommendations: A few books I would recommend are: The Hunger Games or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

  44. Zadra N. Says:

    Summary: This is a mystery about how an autistic boy named Christopher Boone finds his neighbor’s dog murdered. As he tries to solve this horrible act, he picks up clues along the way about a much more important death, his mother’s. Eventually, these clues bring him to London to uncover the truth, and reveal what has been going on behind the scenes for the past few years.

    Evaluation: This book was really interesting. I loved the way Christopher narrarated his thoughts so that everything was very upfront and true to what he felt. The way Christopher thought about things was very unique, because he was autistic, and thought more like a seven year old than someone who was fourteen. Although this book was very intense, there were some moments that seemed to drag on at times, but overall, this book was great and I would definitely recommend it.

    Rating: 4 Stars

    Recomendations: 13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
    So B. It, by Sarah Weeks

  45. Wilson H Says:

    Summary: Christopher, the protagonist, is different. He has autism, and all the peculiar mannerisms and behavioral issues that go along with autism. Of all the problems he has, most are notable: his mother is dead, his father is melting down from the stress, and his neighbor’s dog is murdered. He decides to investigate the killing, and starts to unwind a truly human narrative of groundbreaking proportions.

    Evaluation: Great book. I didn’t expect it to have such a strong perspective of life, and I think I’m better for reading this epiphany-inducing book. It made me realize how impossible it is to get some of the things associated with humans. Our culture is so imperceptably subtle, it takes someone who doesn’t get it for people to realize the singularity that it is. I felt truly remarkable after reading.

    Rating: 4/5 stars

    Recommendations: Paper Towns by John Green
    any of the Sherlock Holmes short stories or full length novels by
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  46. Katie K. Says:

    Summary: Christopher Boone is a young man with a form of autism. He hates yellow, but loves red, and he doesn’t understand “normal” human feelings other than sadness and happiness, but relates to animals very well. He knows every prime number up to 7,057. In his small little neighbourhood, a dog is killed, and Christopher is determined to figure out who killed him. In the shocking end, Christopher reveals lies, and his life changes dramaticly.

    Evaluation: This was a very interesting book; it kept my attention for the most of the book. I really enjoyed how Christopher was a very mature character. I didn’t like however, the few pages about math, explaining complicated math problems that held no interest to me. But overall, I enjoyed this book.

    Recommendations: The Outsiders, by S.E Hinton
    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    A Painted House, by John Grisham

  47. Sage H. Says:

    This book is about the main character Christopher and his adventures. Christopher is a boy living in England with autism. Christopher currently only lives with his father as he has been told that his mother is dead. He goes to a special school for kids with various mental disabilities. Most of what makes this book interesting is Christopher’s personality and how his diability gets him into interesting situations.

    Evaluation: I really liked this book after a while. At first I was not thrilled about reading this book, but after a while really started to like the main characacter as he grew on me. If you don’t like Christopher, I can see how someone might not like this book. The book is written from the point of Christopher and really helps you get into the mind of a boy living with autism which makes it all the more interesting when you see parts of him in yourself.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recomendations: Of Mice and Men, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Citadel, Packing For Mars

  48. Rylee D. Says:

    Summary: A 15 year old boy named Christopher isn’t normal, he has autism. But that’s not the only weird thing going on; a poodle named Wellington just got murdered and Christopher is playing detective. His snooping and case solving is uncovering more than the murderer. The things he once was postitive of, he now has no clue. Is his mom really dead? Who is Mr.Shears and why is he bad? These things and more Christopher is now faced with.

    Evaluation: For the most part I liked this book. There were a few spots when it got really boring and Christopher would talk about math and science. But in other parts there was lots of detail.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, The Host, and If I Stay

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