Mark your calendars now to join Whitney’s Book Bistro on Tuesday, October 9th at 5:30p.m. when they discuss Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. No doubt this book’s crossover appeal for teens and adults helped make it a winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year in 2003 as well as the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year. Are you in a class that’s reading this book for school? Here’s a chance to discuss it in a book group, with snacks! Haven’t read it yet? Copies are available at the Adult Reference Desk to check out. Here’s a review from School Library Journal:
Adult/High School-When a teen discovers his neighbor’s dog savagely stabbed to death, he decides to use the deductive reasoning of his favorite detective to solve the crime. Employing Holmesian logic is not an easy task for even the cleverest amateur sleuth and, in Christopher’s case, it is particularly daunting. He suffers from a disability that causes, among other things, compulsive behavior; the inability to read others’ emotions; and intolerance for noise, human touch, and unexpected events. He has learned to cope amazingly well with the help of a brilliant teacher who encourages him to write a book. This is his book – a murder mystery that is so much more. Christopher’s voice is clear and logical, his descriptions spare and to the point. Not a word is wasted by this young sleuth who considers metaphors to be lies and does math problems for relaxation. What emerges is not only the solution to the mystery, but also insight into his world. Unable to feel emotions himself, his story evokes emotions in readers – heartache and frustration for his well-meaning but clueless parents and deep empathy for the wonderfully honest, funny, and lovable protagonist. Readers will never view the behavior of an autistic person again without more compassion and understanding. The appendix of math problems will intrigue math lovers, and even those who don’t like the subject will be infected by Christopher’s enthusiasm for prime numbers and his logical, mathematical method of decision making.-Jackie Gropman, Chantilly Regional Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.