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Annotation: Christopher Shields an autistic 15 year old is accused of killing his neighbor's dog leading him to try to solve the mystery. He uncovers more than he expected in his search.
Fifteen year old Christopher finds his neighbor's dog Wellington dead on her front lawn at seven minutes after midnight. He decides he must find the killer because he liked Wellington and "when someone gets murdered you have to find out who did it so that they can be punished". Christopher is autistic. He is fascinated by prime numbers and is supremely logical but to him human emotion is utterly incomprehensible. The novel is a first person account of Christopher's investigation which will open old wounds and expose secrets. It offers a portrayal of a mind that experiences the world in pure logic, an engrossing tale of mystery, lies and the chaos of life among illogical beings.
2004 Boeke Prize Winer
2003 Whitebread Book of the Year