Welcome to the U100 students who have been reading the book and posting insights here.  I have enjoyed reading your comments and connections.  

I hope that NAHS students will also read your posts and respond back.

As you continue to read the book, if you find anything else noteworthy -- i.e. insightful, poignant, funny -- I hope you will post again.

Sandra DaLie
Northridge Academy High School 
 


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Ji Bae
10/27/2010 21:30

"And you don't notice that words have changed on another part of the page because your mind fills in a picture of things you're not looking at at that moment." (117)
I chose this passage because it shows how most of us look at some things in our lives. As a student, I sometimes do think of things without even looking at how things are really going. Whenever I think about what classes I should take for next semester or what major I should choose, I get thoughts in my head that makes me to not look at the situation right now. I tend to think that I should rush into things instead of taking one step at a time. I also have all these what if questions. The passage reminds me of how Christopher is very logical. He thinks of ideas that we normally don't think about. He is very intelligent and curious. By reading this passage, I felt that I should think about certain things in my life more carefully including what I have to deal with as of right now. Even though my mind may be filled with thoughts that look at only one perspective, I should still be aware of my suroundings and situations. I also should see things from deeper points of views. It's a great lesson learned.

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Mrs. DaLie
10/27/2010 21:45

It's easy to see Christopher one dimensionally. . . that is, only focus on his autism. I appreciate how you see strength in his logical mind. This is good for me to recognize as well. I tend to make decisions from a very emotional place. I too can learn from Christopher and try to consider multiple perspectives when making decisions. Thanks for writing!

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Kathy Mendez
11/01/2010 15:33

" My memory is like a film...because my memory has a smelltrack which is like a soundtrack." (pg.76)
I chose this passage because it shows how our brain/memory is the most powerful organ that we as a human have. One makes their own memory of things one have seen, experienced, or learned. I learned in my psychology class that there are memories one can't seem to get rid of. Like if a tragic experienced happened in their life time. It will slowly fade away as you begin to repress it but it won't completely go away. I have a memory that isn't pleasant but it is something that I use to help others who have gone through the same or similar situation. I have learned from it and it has made a stronger person. I could take on this new life style as a college student. Overwhelming at times i have to admit but I pull through. Christopher uses his memory to help him get through life's obstacles. Its his driving force to pull through and to get things done when he sets his mind to it. His passion to solve the murder mystery is one that he goes on even when his father has told him not to. His memory is the song of his heart in life. like one of my favorite quote says, " Believe that passion persuades. Everything in life responds to the song of the heart."

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Danielle Phillips
11/01/2010 16:09

"..In life you have to take lots of decisions and if you don't take decisions you would never do anything because you would spend all your time choosing between things you could do. So it is good to have a reason why you hate some things and you like others."
(p. 85)
I chose this passage because it shows the difference between logic in Christopher's mind and logic in other people's minds. Christopher's mind is very similar to a machine, there is no gray area. He either likes something or he doesn't at all, and has plenty of reasons for feeling that way. Most people can't make up their mind about things, one day they have a favorite color or love a certain type of food and the next day it could drastically change. This tells me that people make life too complicated when it could be really simple. Christopher makes his life simple by having a black and white perspective. Most people complicate their lives by having gray area and not knowing what they do and don't like. Life is all about decisions and the way you make them is everything.

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Harold Seo
11/01/2010 17:56

"For example, people often say 'Be quiet,' but they don't tell you how long to quiet for. Or you see a sign which says KEEP OFF THE GRASS but it should say KEEP OFF THE GRASS AROUND THIS SIGN or KEEP OFF ALL THE GRASS IN THE PARK because there is lots of grass you are allowed to walk on." (pg 29)

I chose this passage because it reminded me of my little brother. When I tell my brother to stop hitting me, he would say i hit your shirt not you. The way we, as people, talk today is very general and vague. We just automatically assume that the person your talking to is understanding what your saying. As a student I hate it when teachers don't specify and give us details. I understand how Christopher feels when he read the sign at the park. People just assume its common sense but its the exact opposite.

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Megan Emerson
11/01/2010 18:40

"And I said "Yes," because loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble, and looking after them, and telling them the truth..."(p.87)
When I first read this I thought it was quite interesting. Love is a concept and a feeling we all share. One of the most powerful and profound feeling one can have. I chose this passage because it was simply a feeling Christopher had. It did have some logic to it, but he fathomed the idea. There are challenges that special needs children face;autistic children in this case but even the idea of love can be defined, which I really enjoyed about this. Love has always been hard to define but something you know you feel. In society we try to pick and choose all the right words to show what kind of passion comes through that. But the fact that Christopher could determine what love means made it intriguing. He made it simple, easy and well defined.

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vanessa salinas
11/01/2010 18:57

"And this is because when people say "Be Quiet," but they don't tell you how long to be quiet for."
(pg.29)
I chose this passage because it shows how completely confusing people must have been for chistopher. Everything is very logical and exact for chistopher. Chistopher likes to be very specific in his speech and expects everyone else to do so as well. On a daily bases we are not very specific at all, in fact we are vague. Some times we might even expect other people to read our minds. This quote also remids me of my mom. Just like every other mom, she makes me do chores when I'm home. Sometimes she confuses the chores she wants me to do. For example she'll ask me to take the clothes out of the washer when in reality she means the dryer. I go into the washer and there aren't any clothes in there so i won't do anything. A couple minutes later she will get angry and ask me why i didnt take the clothes out of the washer. I'll tell her it is because there aren't any clothes in the washer. she'll simply just answer me telling i should already know what she means. In a way i see this quote as a direct relfection of who chistopher is.

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Alexis Avila
11/01/2010 21:48

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Lizzett M Ramirez
11/01/2010 21:49

"This is called a white lie.A white lie is not a lie at all.It is where you tell the thruth but you do not tell all of the truth."(pg.48)
When I read this quote I couldn't stop going back to it because it was an attenion grabber.Since I kept re-reading this quote I realized that it grabbed my attention so much because thats exactly what I do. When I know I will get into trouble with someone over something I know is wrong I tend to say the truth but not the whole truth. I tend to just let the person know what they want to here.I guess is because it helps me feel less guilty over my mistakes.I guess thats how christopher felt. He thougth that the best thing to do is to tell a white lie so he could avoid getting into trouble.

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Guerra Karla
11/01/2010 22:14

"I said I wasn't cleaver. I was noticing how things were, and that wasn't cleaver" (25).

Christopher is very bright. He is very appreciative of his surroundings. Many of the things we almost never pay attention to, Christopher does. I chose this quote because is proof of how Christopher is observant. if someone were to ever tell me I was cleaver I'd take that as a compliment, however Christopher doesn't. Since e enjoys learning new things his mind is full of knowledge. Some topics interest him more than others they have to be things/subjects that interest him. Christopher is very blunt, he says things as they are not because he doesn't know any better but because that quality is just within his nature. The meaning of this quote, for me is that Christopher doesn't believe in anyone being smarter or dumber than others. Just that some have other abilities than others, some are more observant and listen more carefully than others.

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Alexis Avila
11/01/2010 22:20

“ Sometimes people want to be stupid and they do not want to know the truth.”
I thought this quote was very interesting and yet so true. Most people are scared to know the truth, they don't always want to find out what has not been told, usually scared of the outcome. Some just embrace it or even search for it. Christopher is one; he doesn’t want to know the truth. He would probably find it extremely painful to handle, complicated emotions would be experienced. I chose this quote because sometimes I find myself searching for the truth, it might not always be something i want to hear but I believe its always better to embrace.

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Angelica Torres
11/01/2010 22:21

"Lots of things are mysteries, but that doesn't mean there isn't an answer to them" (Pg. 100)
I choose this quote because most of the choices people make sometimes don't have a great explanation but we choose them because we feel that they are right. sometimes they are mysteries that we are making because most of the time we take a chance of knowing that it may not be a positive outcome so this stayed with me because even if i dont know why i am choosing something i want to know that there will be an answer to it even if i dont think so.

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Julie Lara
11/01/2010 22:55

"Feelings are just having a picture on the screen in your head of what is going to happen tomorrow or next year, or what might have happened instead of did happen".
I like the way that Christopher simplifies complex things such as feelings in his mind. It really is a different way to view emotions. I believe that his autism is new way to view the world around him, he maybe lacking in one area yet he is able to see the world in a way that is so new and different from the average person.

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Jaquelynn Herrera
11/01/2010 23:01

"I tried really hard to think if there was any other explanation but i couldn't think of one. And then I couldn't think of anything at all because my brain wasn't working properly."(pg. 112) Here, Christopher realizes his mom is not dead and has actually been writing letters to him. I chose this quote because sometimes things hit you so hard but you don't truly realize it because you can't comprehend what it all means. It's so much information to take in and it leaves you with that nasty feeling in your gut that seems to stay there no matter how hard you try to understand everything as you try to fit the pieces together. I feel bad for Christopher because he has been living a lie. To him, his mother is dead because of what his father told him but in reality she is alive and missing him. This in my opinion would be news too hard to intake and i would probably do the same thing Christopher did, just curl up and think, and feel somewhat numb and unreal.

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Lindsay Gussin
11/02/2010 01:29

"A lie is when you say something happened which didn't happen. But there is only ever one thing which happened at a particular time and a particular place. And there are an infinite number of things which didn't happen at that time and that place. And if I think about something which didn't happen I start thinking about all the other things which didn't happen."

Growing up my brother and i were told that if you intentionally left out a piece of information from a story because you knew it would get you in trouble, that was a lie. I really love the way Christopher thinks about how there are so many things that didnt happen and I am glad i hadnt read this book when i was younger because i probably would have used this logic for evil instead of good. But trying to teach this concept to my little sister is proving to be difficult. She would never look me in the face and lie to me but she will definitely leave out important information. She came home the other day and told me her teacher intentionally embarrassed her in class. She failed to mention she walked into class late and made a scene as she entered. I think its human nature to leave out parts of stories that make you look bad.

I can totally relate to that feeling of being overwhelmed though. When he was explaining how he felt when he thought of all the things that didnt happen it reminded me of being at work when 6 people are talking to me at once and they are all telling me to do different things. Its to much to think of at once. I empathize with all of the children who really do feel like Christopher on a daily bases, being overwhelmed with information and not knowing how to handle it all. Its a terrible feeling that we have all experienced at one time in our lives.

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11/02/2010 08:53

"And I concentrated really hard on following the rules" (140)
When Christopher is trying to find something or do something, he tends to really concentrate on what he’s doing. He has rules that he follows and tries his best to accomplish his mission. I chose this quote because everyone has rules to follow in life. As a student, one has school rules to follow and as a person, one has their own rules in life to follow. Like Christopher, we concentrate hard on what we have to do.

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Mrs. DaLie
11/02/2010 09:02

Dear CSUN students,

Thank you for your posts! I enjoy your insights to the book and to your own lives. Thank you for your genuine (and at times, funny) responses.

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Eunice Eugenio
11/02/2010 10:38

"But this sky had lots of different types of cluds in it at different heidhgts so you could see how big it was and this made it look enormous." (page 68)

Just as the sky has lots of different clouds, Earth has many different types of people of all kinds which makes the world appear to be bigger than it really is. If the sky was always blue and never changed, it would be boring to see after awhile. Same with Earth; if we were all the same as everyone else, pretty soon the world would be a bland and boring place to live in. All of us as people are unique in our own ways, just as every cloud in the sky that Christopher was gazing upon also had their own uniqueness. Our unique traits makes us seperate from one another even though we are all human and even though we all live in on Earth. The clouds are all separate too, even though they all clouds and live in the same sky.

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Aurea Cunanan
11/02/2010 22:04

I'm really enjoying this book, its a small insight into the mind of a boy with autism.
Personally, I find Christopher's character as endearing, sweet, and with a good heart. It's just hard for him to express himself, even people without a 'disability' have trouble with that aspect. It's an inspiring and funny book, so far I like the story and plot.

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tierra robinson
11/02/2010 23:39

"i am going to prove i am not stupid. next month im going to take my A level in maths and im going to get an A grade".
This quote stuck out to me because even though christopher is special needs he still a very bright guy. He wants to show people that just because you are special needs doesnt mean you are just over all dumb. personally i agree with christopher i met a boy who was special needs and he was very bright he taught me alot of facts about things regular people like myself do not apperciate.

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Mrs. DaLie
11/03/2010 07:53

Hi, Aurea. Thank you for your post.

Recently, my colleague and I went to interview a recent NAHS grad who has autism. He also read the book and talked about the ways he sees his own experiences reflected in the character of Christopher. He talked about how he misses nonverbal cues because he doesn't like to make eye contact. He talked about how he has trouble with sustaining a conversation. But like Christopher, our student has confidence in his academic abilities. He is currently attending UCLA and majoring in astrophysics. We are very proud of him.

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Maritza Sorinao
11/03/2010 17:56

I think the book is amzing and that its a book that can make us the teens get a better understanding of autism.

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Merani Estrada
11/03/2010 19:22

"I do not tell lies. Mother used to say that this was because I was a good person. But it is not because I am a good person. It is because I cant tell lies."
(19)
Christopher is clearly a clever boy, but in my opinion is that within every lie there's part of the truth. Christopher cant lie but to me lying is half of the truth. Have you notice when you lie you say part of the truth? That's what i have notice from my experience but sometimes lying doesn't get you anywhere. Why cant everybody just be like Christopher when it comes to lying?

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alondra magallanes!
11/03/2010 19:29

this was an okay book... i mean there was a lot of info that i would really consider unnessary to the whole plot but knowing that the narrator is autistic, i guess it makes sense.

gives an insight of an autistic mind... is the author austic as well??

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Sabrina Sharifi
11/03/2010 19:44

So far, i've read up to page 92 in the book and i'm really enjoying it. It is really interesting to see how Christopher reacts to different things. What really interested me is his interpretation of colors. I found it really funny how he doesn't eat anything yellow or brown. I also love the plot and his mission to reveal who killed Wellington. I can't wait to finish the book and find out what happens!

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octavio maciel
11/03/2010 21:53

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" is a good read so far and im looking foward to finishing it.

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Maria
11/12/2010 09:52

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Maria Godinez
11/12/2010 10:00

This book is pretty awsome. I'm looking foward to finishing it. Christohper is an intellegent young boy, and he does things that some of us dont. He has the ability of hitting someone if they're making him uncomfortable, like one of the incidents in the book. Im sure this isn't the way he'd like to express himself, but thats the only thing that comes in mind. I think this book is a great opportunity for others to learn and read about autism. The book is very intersesting page by page, you just dont want to stop reading.

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Roxanne Westerdale
11/12/2010 10:06

"...when I am still awake at 3a.m. or 4 a.m. in the morning and I can walk up and down the street and pretend that I am the only person in the whole world."I picked this quote becuase it relates to me greatly and I can respect moments like this;moments we have with ourselves where we let our imagination take over. I find myself in these moments often. I believe that we need to act a little insane once and a while in order to stay sane. This quote is a good example of how Christopher is naive yet genius.

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Jose Ortiz
11/12/2010 10:14

i really enjoyed reading this book. i think chris's concepts of the world and all his logical interpretations of social occurences really reflect a lot of life. i think that what i enjoyed most about the book and found most interesting is how he can interptret certain things in such a calculating form yet so simplisticelley and logically. the way he thinks about the universe in a lot of his equations throughout the book surprised me, especially since he saw most of these things as simply calcualtions and problems. like the graph he made of time in the universe. i think its amazing how he can put the concept of time and our knowledge of it into a simply graph that illustrates where we are and how little we truly know anout the past and the future and the universe. although at the same time i do find this a little sad, because i fel like he can never know the gift of wonder. It seems srtange to think that he cant wonder about the universe and think things "outside the box" because i personally think thats an important part of human nature and i think it really interprets how a person with autism may be incapacitated in their ability to think deeper than just logically. All in all i really enjoyed this book and it really caught my atttention.

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Khristian Juco
11/12/2010 10:32

And I said "I have been out." This is called a white lie. A white lie is not a lie at all. It is where you tell the truth but you do not tell all of the truth.



The reason why I chose this quote is because Christopher is very smart enough to cover up the story and smart enough that he knows there will be a punishment, or his dad will get upset with him if he tells the whole story. Christopher is able to think outside the box in terms of out-smarting other people, it really shows his outstanding knowledge and kind of similair to a regular human being. Christopher still shows his lack of qualities but its very interesting of how he is very good at math problem solving, but does not respond too well in terms of conversation or other topics.

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11/15/2010 21:26

Besides the book itself, I have really enjoyed reading these blogs, and the amazing insights given by many of you.

I love what Jose said about our desire to make sense of the universe and wonder about it, and the almost dampening logical perspective that Christopher puts on this. And yet, Khristian points out that Christopher's logic CAN help him think outside the box.

I enjoyed all the personal perspectives and connections that our CSUN cohort of students made to the book. This has been a completely enjoyable sharing.

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octavio
11/16/2010 07:32

My memory is like a film...because my memory has a smalltrack which is like a soundtrack." (pg.76)
i chose this passage because the ability to retain information in one's brain is difficult for some people and it goes to show that some people with autism have some unique skills that some normal people have yet to unlock or use.

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octavio
11/16/2010 07:34

-and its great to see that christopher can use his brian has a recorder

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Stephanie Soriano
11/17/2010 19:56

“All the other children at my school are stupid. Except I’m not meant to call them stupid, even though this is what they are. I’m meant to say that they have learning difficulties or that they gave special needs. But this is stupid because everyone has learning difficulties because learning to speak French or understanding relativity is difficult and also everyone has special needs, like Father, who has to carry a little packet of artificial sweetening tablets around with him to put in his coffee to stop him from getting fat, or Mrs. Peters, who wears a beige-colored hearing aid, or Siobhan, who has glasses so thick that they give you a headache if you borrow them, and none of these people are Special Needs, even if they have special needs.”
When I read this I felt the need to re-read it a couple of times to try to really understand what Christopher was trying to say.”All the other children at my school are stupid…. But this is stupid because everyone has learning difficulties” what I thought he was stating was that he felt that the other kids at school were ‘stupid’ even if they did not have ‘special needs’. I understood what Christopher was trying to say when he mentions everyone has learning difficulties, like his father and Mrs. Peters who have ‘special needs’ which in this case meant things they do or have to help them function, but to Christopher it means something else. I think that stating everyone is stupid is appropriate (especially here) in many ways. Maybe just the everyday people who go through life with a blindfold over their eyes failing to see everything around them and the amount of meaning it/ they have. When the subject of autism is mentioned some people quickly go to judgments from what they think they know. Of course most will think of how this affects the brain and the behavior of someone with autism- leading to the words ‘retardation’ or ‘stupid’ which makes the person thinking or saying this much stupider and naïve than anyone with any type of disability. When I started to find out more about autism I found it very interesting how one part of failing to capture information, for someone with autism, would make another part much stronger and advanced than anyone else without autism like for example, much advanced hearing ability, visualization, and observation.

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Mrs. DaLie
11/19/2010 11:04

Hi, Jose.

I deeply appreciate your insight about Christopher's inability to "wonder." As a teacher, I worry that I am killing imagination rather than nurturing it.

Here is a link to a video I really like:


http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

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11/29/2010 22:50

Gracias por compartir esos artículo! Será útil.*

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12/08/2010 17:32

La mayor felicidad es trabajar para la educación .*

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12/19/2010 19:00

And I said "Yes," because loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble, and looking after them, and telling them the truth..."(p.87)
I to found this quite interesting and wouldn't the world be a better place if this happened more regularly

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12/20/2010 18:49

A Christmas greeting and good wishes to you who is thought about all the year through. Have a beautiful Christmas and a happy New Year.

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01/07/2011 03:13

Luv can b beautiful, luv should b beautiful

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07/01/2012 22:55

Your article is very interesting and humorous. From your article, I can see the true meaning of the word happy. This article, I believe many people are helpful. Very fortunate to share this article to your. Look forward to your updates.

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TC 1
03/07/2013 06:43

``I have asked them.Siobhan has long blonde hair and wears glasses which are made of green plastic.And Mr. Jeavons smell of soap and wears brown shoes that have approximately 60 tiny circular holes in each of them.``

I choose this passage because it shows how much Christopher recognizes. Normal people won`t see the holes, or they won`t recognize the smell. But you can read that it`s very important for Christopher that he can describe persons exactly. For example when I think back to the moment in which I saw my classmade the first time, I only realized his long brown hair.

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Spitzkegeliger Kahlkopf
03/07/2013 06:43

''... only sticks and stones can break my bones and I have my Swiss Army Knife if they hit me and if I kill them it will be self-defence and I won't go to prison.'' (pg.56)

I chose this passage because when I first read this sentence I could not understand how calm a 15-year old boy is able to say something like that. For Christopher it would not be a big deal if he kills someone out of self-defence. He also would not have a bad conscience. This is astonishing, because he is not an evil boy.
A ''normal'' person couldn't live with that.

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Laura
03/07/2013 06:45

"I used to have lots of Behavioural Problems, but I don´t have so many because now I´m more grown up and and can take decisions for myself and do things on my own like going out of the house and buying things at the shop at the end of the road."

It´s like a little boy who wants to be a big man. I think he wants to be taken seriously and not like a young boy. It reminds me of when I tryed to be a woman when I was a child. You feel big, strong & proud when you do something alone, what adults do.

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Isabell
03/07/2013 06:46

"And when people ask me to remember something, I simply press "Rewind" and "fast forward" and "pause" like on a video recorder, but more on a DVD because I have to rewind everything in between to get a memory of something a long time ago." (p. 96)

I choose this passage, because it shows a little part of Christophers way to think about something.
Here the Author present you how Christopher realise things.
You can also see his life trough his eyes.
The second part you can read out of this passage is that he is able to rewind a lot of things. He also knows this speacial moments very exactly and easily.
It seems not hard for him to remember where or when things had happend.
In real life I don`t know a person who thinks in such a way to.
Because I`ve also never heard somebody say that he had to press the return button to remeber the scene, which he wants to tell me about.

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Martha
03/07/2013 06:47

Eight years ago, when I first met Siobhan, she showed me some pictures. I knew it meant sad and happy.
Then she drew some other pictures but I was unable to say what these meant. (pg.2)
I chose this passage because it is a little bit special for me.
How confusing must have been faces for him, when he never knew before what they meant.
Some people say something you do not understand, but you should understand it with there look.
For Christopher it is really hard to give something expression with his look. So he never say something with his look because maybe he take a false face.
This reminds me on some situations when someone give totally false faces to what they said and thats confusing.

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The Umpalumpa
03/07/2013 06:48

"And asking about Mr. Shears wasn't any of these things. And if you are a private investigator you have to take risks and this was a super good day wich meant it was a good day for taking risks, so I said, 'Do you know about Mr Shears?' which was like chatting."

I like this part, because it shows you how exact Christopher is.
His father told him a few things to promise and to mind other peoples business.
A "normal" guy would understand it and he would leave the whole story. But not Christopher.

And you also can mention a huge progress in his social life: chatting to Mrs Alexander.
He accepts her as a friend. And he usually doesn' t have many friends.

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Prof. B
03/07/2013 06:58

Dear NAHS/CSUN students and teachers,

I am an English language teacher at a high school based in Salzburg, Austria. My 10th graders are currently reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and as part of their assignment they had to post their own comments here. So I just wanted to apologize for hijacking your blog :)

Best wishes from across the big pond,
Prof. B

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