The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

2nd February 2020
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Book Cover The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon

When Christopher Boone, discovers the body of his neighbour’s poodle, Wellington, on the neighbour’s front lawn one evening he knows he has to find the murderer. Christopher has autism and after Christopher hits a police officer in a misunderstanding at the scene of the crime, the police arrest Christopher. They release Christopher as long as he promises to them and to his father not to look into the murder any further.

As part of a school assignment, Christopher writes this book. Ignoring repeated warnings from his father, Christopher still investigates the crime scene and interviews the residents of his block. As Christopher finds out more information, he writes it in his book. However, when Christopher accidentally leaves his book on the kitchen table his father reads it, becomes angry, and confiscates it. Later, while searching for his book Christopher finds a series of letters, hidden in a shirt box in his father’s closet, addressed to him from his supposedly dead mother. Christopher is confused and when his father comes home and realizes what has happened, he breaks down in tears. His father apologizes for his lies, explaining that he did it to protect Christopher from the fact that his mother abandoned the family. Later Christopher’s father also admits to killing Wellington, the dog.

Due to the combination of these lies, horrific events and Christopher’s autism, Christopher tries to run away and find his mother in London. It is a long journey and Christopher does not like new things.

Does Christopher make it to London?

Does he find his mother?

Does he ever trust his dad again?

Read the book to find out!

I recommend this book to 11+. I give it 5*****.


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