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MeredithAngel
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time & Murphy's Boy -- HELP

I need some input from people who have read these books! Or at least one of the two! I am a senior in High School & it is required for us to do a senior project. We get to choose our topic, & I chose Autistic Children because I want to work with autistic children in the future.

 

I am debating on reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon or Murphey's Boy, by Torey Hayden.

 

To be honest, I've never really enjoyed sitting down & reading a book. Math is definitely more my thing. So I really need a book that will keep me interested! I would really like anyone's opinion on either books to help make my decision easier!

 

Also, I need to be 100% positive that the child, within both books, has autism. I've tried to look it up, but I have not come across an answer to be confident in.

 

To sum it up, I need answers for the following questions!

 

1. Which book did you like/dislike?

2. What did you like/dislike about the book?

3. Is the child within the book Autistic?

4. Anything else you'd like to say, I'd lovee to hear! (:

 

By the way,

 

Thank you thank you thank you sooo soo much! (:

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melissas
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Re: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time & Murphy's Boy -- HELP

1. Which book did you like/dislike?

I only read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I absolutely loved it.

 

2. What did you like/dislike about the book?

The thing I enjoyed the most about the book is the narrator...it was fascinating to see the way he processed things. Everything was so logical, yet mind-blowing.

 

3. Is the child within the book Autistic?

The character has Aspergers, which is a form of autism. I don't know if that's enough to meet your requirements.

 

4. Anything else you'd like to say, I'd lovee to hear! (:

One big difference between the two is that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is fiction, while Murphy's Boy is non-fiction. If you don't typically like to sit down and read a book, I would consider which do you prefer: true stories or something imagined. That may help you decide which you ultimately end up reading.