It begins with Christopher (a fifteen year old boy with Asperger,) coming across the curious death of a large poodle called Wellington belonging to he’s neighbour Mr Shears. This event disturbs Christopher, and he is more shocked when he finds out the corporate is very close to home. Christopher lives with he’s dad (who has raised him alone for some years, due to the death of he’s mother), Christopher later on finds out that he’s mother is alive and sets of on a journey to find her.
This book is a murder/mystery taken into a complete different context. What I loved the most about this book is that I was in Christopher’s mind the whole time. He is very child-like, so innocent, and he says things the way they are.
The majority of the book focuses on the journey he makes when he makes the choice to run away from home, and whilst most of us make a similar journey every single day, to Christopher it is like climbing a mountain. I watch this 15 year old boy grow in confidence as he goes out into the ‘big wide world’ on he’s own and experiences what we see as regular daily routines.
It is defiantly an eye opener into the world of an autistic boy, and to see that Christopher worries about an incident which typically does seem like a 15 year olds boy’s interest makes this a unique journey. I would recommend this book to anyone. Plus it is also going to theatres this summer, so the interpretation will be something to look out for.