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The 2020 selection for One Book, One Burg: Louisburg Reads is a book about differences, change and acceptance. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is written by English novelist Mark Haddon. It tells the story of a gifted boy called Christopher Boone. He investigates the killing of a dog and in doing so has an adventure of self-discovery.
Christopher is 15 and lives his life with precision and detail. When he discovers that something has gone wrong with his neighbor's dog Wellington, he is determined to discover whodunnit and why, in book form much like his favorite sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. Nothing is ever simple when one is solving a mystery, and we learn a great deal about Christopher's own environment, his interaction with others, his approach
to new and different experiences, and most of all to what feels like chaos going on around him. It is very important for Christopher's world to be in order and when there is a new normal, even if he is creating it for himself, it takes an incredible amount of adjustment - for everyone. If you are not a literal or linear thinker, this book will challenge you to think differently. If you have no experience interacting with someone who struggles outside of clearly defined boundaries or who may appear to lack empathy and the kind of emotion you are used to, this book will provide surprising insight.
***Please note that this work of fiction is classified as Young Adult and is therefore intended for mature audiences in both content and vocabulary.***
Visit the library to pick up your complimentary copy of the book - please limit one per family so more people have the chance to participate. Then, throughout the month of October our goal is for each of you to actively seek ways to think outside of your box. You probably do things every day without even realizing it. What can you do today, with intent, to reach out to someone who thinks or acts differently than you? What can you do tomorrow? We will give you ideas, inspiration and motivation through events, projects and social media outlets. Hopefully, there will be programs and events, and of course...
Let's talk about it - our differences aren't something to whisper about or try to change. Some are developmental, some affect communication, behavior and social interaction. Let's take this opportunity to learn more about those differences and how they impact our communication so we can understand each other better. Christopher finds people confusing, and honestly, so do I - who doesn't? We have multiple book clubs participating, so if you haven't joined one of them yet, this might be the time to try one - and invite friends. Feel free to read the book and share it with someone who you think could benefit from a glimpse of Christopher's life.