Christopher Boone sets out to investigate the suspicious death of his neighbor’s dog but discovers more about his own family mysteries. Along the way, readers learn about the complex beauty of autistic thinkers.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
In “How Autism Freed Me to be Myself,” 16-year-old Rosie King shares her experiences with autism, and why she values the unique abilities that autism has provided her.
In “Coping Mechanisms,” the author explains the difference between adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms.
Guy de Maupassant was a popular French writer during the 19th century and considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. In this story, a brother and sister mourn the passing of their saintly mother and uncover a shocking secret.
In this passage, Bacon discusses the notion of revenge, why some seek it, and the consequences of this fixation.
In this speech, Julia Butterfly Hill explains how fear and addiction keep people from achieving their goals.
In Yrsa Daley-Ward’s poem “what love isn’t,” Ward explores attributes of love not often discussed.