Curious Incident Of Nighttime Autism

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There is no doubt that “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” is the greatest book to be read in a grade 9 English class. Written in 2003, this book shows a real understanding of autism and the struggles people with autism face. The award-winning author, Mark Haddon, not only created one of the most believable, original and heart-wrenching books of the decade but he gave the readers an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a person with autism, a feat which has not been achieved before. The readers follow Christopher Boone’s quest to solve the murder of the neighbor’s dog and see him overcome fears and grow as a person. This is simply a fantastic book for so many reasons, but specifically, it should be taught to grade 9 students because of its teaching about autism, its understanding of the struggles teenagers face and its funny and alternative writing style.

Autism is a complicated neurological disorder that affects one in every eighty people. The brains of people with autism function differently than the brains of brain normative people and that is why it is so spectacular
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While “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” starts of as a murder mystery the story soon begins to present themes of coming of age and bravery. Christopher Boone’s bravery is not the classic conquering monsters and saving princesses kind of bravery but the equally respected bravery associated with overcoming fears. Through overcoming fears, Christopher manages to become a more independent individual. Like any teenage, independence is one the most desired things in Christopher’s life. Sadly , being a person with autism, independence is extremely difficult to achieve for Christopher Boone. The readers get to watch Christopher grow as a person and mature through the book and finish as a more self-confident and positive

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