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JUNE 7, 2011
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The game is afoot at the On-the-Road at Starbucks Book Club, when we discuss Mark Haddon's delightful novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  Join us on Tuesday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Starbucks in Oakwood to discuss this tale of an autistic boy on a quest to solve a mystery.

Christopher Boone is mathematically gifted andsocially hopeless.  He is an autistic savant, who doesn't understand human emotions.  Charged with the murder of his neighbor's poodle, Christopher knows he didn't do it.  Against a background of high emotion and despite his father's objections, he sets out ot solve the mystery himself, with a little help from his favorite literary character, Sherlock Holmes.  Winner of the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year, the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, and joint winner, with the Kite Runner, of the Australian Boeke Prize for 2004, this first novel is fresh, inventive and fun to read.

For more information, explore the Reading Club Guide.  For more about the author see his biography and take a look at the BBC article, "The Curious Tale of Author Haddon."

Book reviews are available from the New York Times, the Guardian, Kirkus Book Reviews, and the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.  In 2009, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was listed by the London Sunday Times as one of the "100 Best Books of the Decade".  Recommendations for similar books can be found at the Ozarks Library Consortium's"If You Liked the Curious Incident... " and in the School Library Journal article entitled "The Voices of Autism: Other Books about Autism for Teens."

Although Haddon does not discuss the type of autism Christopher has, many reviewers have concluded that, as he is high functioning, he must have Asperger Syndrome.  The National Institutes of Health and the Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) web sites will provide you with further information about autism.  Finally, an interesting criticism of the main character has been made by blogger Eric Chen, a 24-year-old with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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