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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time By Mark Haddon Vs. I Am The Messenger By Markus Zusak

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While deciding whether to read about an autistic teenager facing more than just family problems, or a boring cab driver, the choice is very obvious. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, is about a 15 year old autistic boy named Christopher Boone, who finds out more than necessary, while trying to discover the killer of the neighbour’s dog, Wellington. He struggles to cope outside of his home +and is misunderstood by anyone who isn’t his parents. Whereas, I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak, is about a 19 year old cab driver named Ed Kennedy who receives riddles on Aces to help and sometimes hurt people. I conclude that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the ...view middle of the document...

In The Curious Incident, Christopher deals with his father lying to him about his mother being dead. In contrast, Ed is given Aces (playing cards) with a riddle on it, and Ed must figure out the riddle, in order to finish his missions, while also figuring out his existence and where he stands in the world. As great as Ed’s missions sound, there were too many of them, and too little time to develop these conflicts nicely. In The Curious Incident, all minor conflicts were answered once Christopher realized what his father had done to him. Moreover, Christopher realized that his mother wasn’t dead, that his father killed Wellington, and that his mother and Mr. Shears ran off. However, the missions that Ed faced in I Am The Messenger, were not linked to each other like in The Curious Incident. Each card Ed got had different clues, different people, and their different situations, making the book very confusing with all the settings and characters. The Curious Incident is definitely a better choice for grade nine students.

Finally, the style of the cover of The Curious Incident is far more attractive than I...

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