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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Haddon, Mark

7/10

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

 

Synopsis

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book follows the story of Christopher; he is not your average teenager. He has Asperger’s Syndrome which means that his take on the world is different to everyone else’s. Loud noises upset him, lying causes his brain to overload and he appears to be a mini maths genius, using counting to calm himself down in certain situations.

The chapter numbers of this book are prime numbers, increasing like 2, 3, 5, 7 etc. This automatically caught my attention and Christopher soon went on to explain that he likes prime numbers.

This book gives a real insight into the mind of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome which could help many readers understand the condition a lot more and be more supportive to those with the illness.

I really like this book. I thought it was very original and quirky. Christopher, as the narrator, makes the story much more enjoyable than if someone else was just commenting on Christopher’s, somewhat absurd, behaviour. As the narrator is Christopher, his actions, feelings and thoughts are better explained.

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The London Eye Mystery – Dowd, Siobhan

6/10

The London Eye Mystery

Synopsis

Monday 24 May, 11.32 a.m. Ted and Kat watch their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye. The pod rises from the ground. Monday 24 May, 12.02 p.m. The pod lands and the doors open. People exit – but where is Salim? When Aunty Gloria’s son, Salim, mysteriously disappears from a sealed pod on the London Eye, everyone is frantic. Has he spontaneously combusted? [Ted’s theory.] Has he been kidnapped? [Aunt Gloria’s theory.] Is he even still alive? [The family’s unspoken fear.] Even the police are baffled. Ted, whose brain runs on its own unique operating system, and his older sister, Kat, overcome their prickly relationship to become sleuthing partners. They follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin, while time ticks dangerously by…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book was okay. It offered readers an enjoyable reading experience following Ted, who has Asperger Syndrome, his older sister Kat, who was named after Hurricane Katrina, and Salim, their cousin who is moving to New York.

When they are offered a ticket to the London Eye by a stranger, Ted and Kat allow Salim to go up on his own whilst they wait for him to return. Ted watches the pod rise and fall again on its cycle, making a note of the town he went up and the time his pod came down. His pod came down but missing Salim. They know begin their search for their missing cousin, travelling all over London to try and find him. They all have their own theories as to what could have happened to Salim but no one knows for certain.

I would recommend this book to pre-teens as the language used is not difficult to understand or hard-going to read. Although this book feels like it is aimed at younger readers, I think all ages would enjoy this book but appreciate it in different ways. Younger readers are more likely to appreciate the story line as a whole, whilst slightly older readers are likely to appreciate the quirkiness of the characters and the panic of the situation.

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