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Review: Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz


Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.

But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate's birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It's up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin's frequent tormenter, didn't bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn't have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun...

Colin Fischer is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, and his story--as told by the screenwriters of X-Men: First Class and Thor--is perfect for readers who have graduated from Encyclopedia Brown and who are ready to consider the greatest mystery of all: what other people are thinking and feeling.

My thoughts

Colin is clever. Insanely clever but yet he can't quite cope with ordinary life and the people around him in a normal way because of his Asperger's syndrome. He doesn't like to be touched, he doesn't like blue but he likes his notebook, investigating things and have ordered piles.

Very much curious incident of the dog in the night time but from American authors. A quick and enjoyable read which gives a bit of insight into Aspergers as you see Colin deal with the situation at his school where a gun is taken into the cafeteria and the school bully is falsely accused of the having brought in it.

For me the really fascination is seeing the ways in which Colin goes about his day to day life and all the things he deals with day to day which many of us don't give a second thought to. The real saddening thing though was the way in which he was treated mostly by his peers but also by professionals who didn't quite understand what Colin was going through. Reading this as an adult really made me think quite deeply about the implications of living with something like Aspergers and the effect it would have not just on the individual who had it but also everyone around them.

A thoughtful book which I enjoyed.


Jesse Owen said…
This sounds so good, I think it's going on the wish list, fab review :)