Case File # 235711131719

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Initial Investigation

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon is the story of a 15 year old, highly intelligent, autistic boy named Christopher who finds it difficult to interact "normally" in the world. Changes to his routine and a sudden violent death of a neighbor's dog leads him to investigate in the style of his favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes. His investigation leads him to uncomfortable truths about himself, his family, his few friends, and the life he currently leads. His journey leads him to experience the unknown while at the same time giving us insight into the often-unknown experiences of an autistic young adult.

Video Evidence

The Curious Incident of the Dog at Nighttime trailer

Possible Connected Incidences? (Titles with characters from diverse backgrounds and trying lives similar to Christopher)

One + One = Blue by MJ Auch

Synesthesia - a neurological condition in which Basil “sees” numbers as colors, becomes the connecting factor between two unlikely friends.

For examples of Synesthesia use in literature - click here (

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

Toby and Cal, friends in a small Texas town, meet the star of a sideshow act, 600 lb Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett

Early's father, Dash, has disappeared unexpectedly, leaving an unsuspecting family to struggle through a baffling mystery. After a violent break-in that may or may not be related, the dwindling family finds themselves deeply entwined in Chicago's social services system and Early begins to use the lingering clues from her dad's job in the public library and the poetry book he left behind to try to discover what has happened to her dad and hopefully move them from the shelter back to the life they left behind.

Find stats and further information on family homelessness here. (

The Silent Boy by Louis Lowry

Through Katy's eyes, readers get to know the silent boy, and experience the impact of friendship with a boy who is unable to speak.

A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin

A Newbery Honor book that focuses on the summer Hattie turns twelve, when she meets an uncle she didn't know existed who has been institutionalized for autism and schizophrenia.

Find further details on autism from a decade long researcher and charity - Autism Speaks (

Further Investigation

Explore these websites for more information on related topics.
Initial research on Christopher's idol, detective Sherlock Holmes -
PDF map of London Underground Tunnels

Christopher tracks a family member via an address on a letter. Having zero experience traveling on his own, he must decipher the map on his own.

Investigator: Christopher John Francis Boone

Investigative Techniques: Locating and Identifying Patterns, Logical thinking, Writing Reports

Areas for Growth: Real World Experience, Appropriate Personal Contact, Expresssing and Deciphering Human Emotions