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Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour’s dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.

Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher’s mind.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.

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Amazing from beginning to end.
November 4th, 2014
I was sad when I finished this book because I no longer got to spend time with Christopher Boone. This book is quick, funny and the themes and humour stay with you for a lifetime. I still smile when I think about statements vs. questions and the innocence with which Christopher lives his life. I don't often read books twice - but, I've just decided to read this one again.
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November 1st, 2014
So deceptively simple. So witty. So enthralling. I have to say, it's probably the best who-dunnit. Ever.
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January 23rd, 2014
An easy read that takes you on a journey with an autistic boy, Christopher. Much is uncovered about Christopher's family as he slowly begins to uncover things about himself and what he is capable of.
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