When Christopher Boone finds his neighbor's beloved dog, Wellington, murdered in her front yard, he will not let his "social problems" get in the way of finding out whodunit. Christopher has a form of autism which makes it difficult for him to interact with people, especially strangers. His loving father supports Christopher's math skills by insisting he be allowed to take his math A level examinations, giving both Christopher and his father hope for his future. However, Christopher's father is not pleased with his choice to solve the mystery of Wellington's murder. As Christopher asserts his independence and furtively goes forward with his Sherlock Holmes-like mission, he uncovers more than he bargained for. Narrated by an extremely unique character, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is all at once laugh-out-loud funny, painfully touching, and hopeful. A fantastic read for adults as well as older teens.
Recommended by Caroline Barlow