Freshman Common Reading Program
Congratulations to Our Essay Contest Winners
All incoming freshmen and transfer students were invited to submit an original essay connected to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The winners were announced at Academic Convocation and will be celebrated at a reception during the Fall semester. The winners are:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Class of 2017 Common Reading
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a best-selling novel written from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome by award-winning author Mark Haddon, will be read by all incoming members of the Class of 2017 and new transfers as the Freshman Common Reading Program (FCRP) selection for the 2013-14 academic year.
About the Book:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is narrated by Christopher John Francis Boone. When he is 15 years old, Christopher finds his neighbor’s dog impaled on a garden fork. Initially blamed for the crime, Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. The investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face-to-face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the reader is drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind.
Published in the United States by Doubleday in 2003, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by critics and has received a number of literary prizes. They include the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book Award, and the American Library Association’s Best Book for Young Adults Award.
About the author:
In addition to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon is the author of the New York Times bestseller, A Spot of Bother.
He also has written The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea and has written and illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books and television screenplays.
Point of View: Faculty Member, Student Offer Perspective
The book allows students and faculty to see into the world of someone whose brain works in a very unique way. It does a good job of portraying how a person with certain cognitive and emotional challenges (as well as gifts) views the world around him. It is important for all of us to understand how others might experience the world from a very different perspective than we are used to, and try to be more aware of what someone with the unique challenges and gifts might be going through.
Dr. Christine E. Earley
Associate Dean, School of Business
Professor of Accountancy
This book helps its readers dive into the mind of a boy with mental challenges. It forces us to see the world from a perspective that we rarely think to look through. In a time when people with disabilities are often written off and misunderstood, this book forces the world to understand.
I hope that this book brings PC students to greater solidarity with those who have disabilities of any kind and helps them to understand other people on a deeper level.
Kristen Gold ’16