Mark Haddon’s debut, The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a moving glimpse into the mind of a narrator with autism. While Christopher John Francis Boone is academically gifted, he has extreme difficulty relating to others. One evening Christopher discovers the body of a neighborhood dog, a suspicious death that draws his curiosity. Christopher’s decision to uncover the dog’s murderer (and chronicle his inquiries in a methodically written journal) lead him on an investigation that pushes him beyond his constrained comfort zone. Haddon’s novel is impressive in its careful balance of raw feeling and clear narrative, never once succumbing to overdrawn sentiment. Recommended for Grades 7-12.