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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.”

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Companion Books

The 2017 One Book, One Philadelphia program features two companion book for children, teens, and family reading.

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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

Autism Spectrum Disorder was not well understood when Temple Grandin was growing up in the 1950s. While her doctor felt her best hope was living in a hospital, her mother insisted that she attend school. Temple always thought and acted uniquely from her peers, whether it was by being considered a tomboy, or her sensitivity to noises and textures. But there was also her uncanny way of empathizing with animals, and her skill with design and innovation. Her differences became her strengths, and today Dr. Grandin an advocate for autism awareness and a professor at Colorado State University. One of the most renowned experts in her field, she has been a driving force in the livestock and food industry.

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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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