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One College One Book: Welcome to OCOB 2011


Welcome to One College, One Book for Fall 2011!

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (ISBN10: 0385659806; ISBN13: 9780385659802)

           This quarter we will be reading and discussing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is about a young man named Christopher Boone who sets out to solve the mystery of a murdered neighborhood dog.  During his investigation, Christopher uncovers a shocking family secret that will change his life forever. A 15-year old with Asperger's syndrome, Christopher provides a unique perspective on relationships, mysteries, and math in this charming, complicated, and completely original novel!

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Author Information

Mark Haddon


Mark Haddon was born in Northampton, England, in 1962. He graduated from Oxford University in 1981, returning later to study for an M.Sc. in English Literature at Edinburgh University. He then undertook a variety of jobs, including working with children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.  He also worked as an illustrator for magazines and a cartoonist for New Statesman, The Spectator, Private Eye, the Sunday Telegraph and The Guardian (for which he co-wrote a cartoon strip).

In 2003 his novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published and has been hugely successful.  It is the first book to have been published simultaneously in two imprints - one for children and one for adults. It has won a string of prestigious awards, including the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year.

Excerpt from: British Council. (n.d.). Mark Haddon (see link below).

Web Resources

About Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, autism is a "a complex developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction and communication."

The NICHHM describes Asperger's sydrome as a mild form of autism, noting that people with Asperger's have "autism-like problems in areas of social interaction and communication, but have normal intelligence and verbal skills."

Learn more by clicking on the links below:

Listen and Learn

Martha Woodroof of member station WMRA profiles author Mark Haddon, whose novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time features a 15-year-old math whiz with Asperger's Syndrome who tries to discover who killed a dog with a garden fork.

Thematic Readings

The following books are available for check out through the Rasmussen University Online Library.


Mysteries/Sherlock Holmes

Family Issues/ Parenting

About Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective who has enchanted the world since his literary debut in 1887. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock possesses superior powers of reasoning and observation which he uses to solve a variety of mysteries and crimes. Sherlock is often accompanied on these adventures by his faithful friend, Dr. Watson.

Besides being immensely popular on the written page, Sherlock Holmes has made the leap to stages and screens (big and small) all over the world. He has been portrayed by a plethora of actors including Basil Rothbone, Peter Cook, Leonard Nimoy, Charlton Heston,  Peter O'Toole, and Christopher Plummer. Holmes has most recently been played by Robert Downey, Jr. in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).

Additionally, Sherlock Holmes served as an inspiration for the popular television character Gregory House, from the show House, M.D.

Recommended Reading

The following books are available for check out through the Rasmussen University Online Library.