The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Fifteen year-old Christopher Boone loves animals, is a whiz at solving mathematics equations and complex puzzles, but sometimes doesn’t enjoy interacting with other people. When a suburban mystery launches him into a fact-finding mission, Christopher uncovers more than he anticipated as he unravels clues that lead to him discovering more about his family and himself. Mark Haddon has been lauded as “both clever and observant” by The Washington Post, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been called “fierce and ingenious” by The Miami Herald. The Village Voice compares this novel to classics like The Sound and the Fury and Flowers for Algernon, calling it “a radical experiment in empathy.”
The 2017 One Book, One Philadelphia program features two companion book for children, teens, and family reading.
My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora
Momo’s cousins couldn’t wait for his visit, but now that he’s here, they don’t understand him at all! He is a flying squirrel who refuses to fly, and instead he plays hide-and-seek in a weird way, dresses up in odd costumes, and doesn’t even like acorn ping pong. The only thing his cousins can do is play along, but they soon realize his different ways of doing things can be fun! Local author and illustrator Zachariah OHora’s retro art is as unique as the characters in his numerous children’s books.
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