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Christopher Boone is a 15-year old autistic boy who writes a novel in the style of Sherlock Holmes to try to solve the murder of his neighbor's dog, Wellington.
While interviewing neighbors about the event, he discovers that his father has been lying to him about his mother's "death." Christopher becomes obsessed with trying to solve the murder of the dog and tries to make sense of his mother's "death." He cannot understand at first that his mother is not really dead because he is autistic and doesn't have a real grasp on reality and his emotions. Throughout the book Christopher struggles with his own emotions and his reality.
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Christopher Boone is an autistic teenager. His parents have struggled with it for many years, and his autism eventually led to his parents' divorce. Now, a few years down the track, Christopher is on a mission. After discovering his neighbour's dog dead on their front lawn, he is determined to track down the killer. But as Christopher investigates, he ends up uncovering other mysteries; secrets he was never intended to unearth about his family.

In the end, Christopher discovers Wellington's unlikely killer; his own father. Horrified at his father's viciousness, Christopher flees in fear of being murdered. He journeys to London on his own, to live with his estranged mother, whom Christopher had thought was dead.
This report prepared by Stefan Salow



Christopher Boone is an autistic teenager. His parents have struggled with it for many years, and his autism eventually led to his parents' divorce. Now, a few years down the track, Christopher is on a mission. After discovering his neighbour's dog dead on their front lawn, he is determined to track down the killer. But as Christopher investigates, he ends up uncovering other mysteries; secrets he was never intended to unearth about his family.

In the end, Christopher discovers Wellington's unlikely killer; his own father. Horrified at his father's viciousness, Christopher flees in fear of being murdered. He journeys to London on his own, to live with his estranged mother, whom Christopher had thought was dead.
Finally, Christopher knows the truth about his family and decides to stay with his mother.
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This report prepared by Rachel Lim



Christopher Boone is extremely intelligent but also autistic. He tries to find the killer of his neighbor's dog. Because of the writer's style, the reader is treated to insights into the autistic mind as Christopher and his father cope with his autism as well as his mother's death. The main adventure of the book involves Christopher taking a long trip on his own after discovering some troubling truths about his family. By the end, the reader has the answer to the initial mystery of the dead dog as well as a new understanding of life with autism.
This report prepared by Sarah



Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has a supremely logical mind. He knows all the prime numbers up to 7,057 and can solve puzzles that stump PhDs. However, he cannot understand metaphors, jokes, or human emotion. Christopher has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. When his neighbor's dog turns up brutally murdered, Christopher puts his supreme logic to work in solving the mystery. However, he doesn't get far before the clues he is uncovering point to the mystery of his parents' separation and a world of adult emotion and motivation that is challenging him for him to understand.
This report prepared by Jennifer Martin-Romme



15 year old Christopher Boone is autistic. One day he discovers that his neighbour's dog has been murdered with a garden fork. He decides to launch an investigation and write a murder mystery about it. Christopher has great trouble coping with other people. He screams if he is touched and doesn't understand facial expressions. He uses math, for which he is very talented, as a coping mechanism.

During his investigation he discovers that his mother isn't dead as he thought but is living in London and has been writing him weekly letters which his father has been hiding. On learning that his father actually killed the dog Christopher is frightened and decides to embark on a terrifying train and underground journey to go and live with his mother in London. This award winning novel captures with humour and empathy the terrible plight of a troubled mind.
This report prepared by John Marcel



Christopher is an autistic fifteen-year old who excels at math, won't eat anything that is brown or yellow, and needs to have the world just-so or he will scream, hit, or moan for hours. Late one night he finds the neighbor's poodle impaled on a pitch fork, and his subsequent search for the poodle's murderer leads him to some clues about a darker secret in his own life.

This is a quick read and very sensitive to Christopher's state of mind. The reader sympathizes as Christopher must learn to work with and work through his abilities and disabilities in order to accomplish the goals he sets for himself.
This report prepared by Jess G








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Chapter Analysis of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius    -   Mentally ill

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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