Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
I purchased this book tentatively. Initially it had been recommended to me by my coworkers. I work at a school with an Autism-Spectrum program and my next year's class was set to have four of the program's students in it. I had been seeking resources over the summer to refresh my knowledge of autism and to garner a better understanding. I turned to other resources, mostly non-fiction, to improve my knowledge and waited until the following summer to read this book.
I am not sure if I could have enjoyed the book as much, had I not worked so closely with students that had been diagnosed with autism. Reviews I have read from other sites, suggested that this book did a poor job of capturing the autistic mind. If I have learned anything over the last year, it is that autism looks so different for each autistic person. I can say, however, that many of the characteristics that the author portrayed, I saw very strongly elicited within my four Spectrum students. It made the main character in the story very endearing. I had a greater understanding of what he was feeling and going through as he continued on his journey.
I read many of the reviews on this site, as well. I saw that many people complained about the categorization of the book as Kids/Young Adults. As a teacher, I believe this would be appropriate for a mature 5th or 6th grader, especially those with first hand experiences with autistic children, such as those children at my school. I would never use it for required reading at that age, however, as there is some mature language and ideas. Generally, it would best suit a middle school to high school aged child.
As a side note, the narrator is very easy to listen to and his voice suits the character!