The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

   This book is an amazing depiction of the experience of the world and some incidents in it by an autistic boy. Christopher, the boy, describes his experiences, but we understand them differently than he does. The differences are remarkable, and we empathize with both.

   From a review on Amazon.com, "Mark Haddon's bitterly funny debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a murder mystery of sorts--one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers."