by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
Summary: Colin Fischer has Asperger's. He can't easily read people's expressions or pick up social clues; this makes trying to navigate the new world of high school extremely challenging. He is immediately targeted by bullies, class clowns, and cruel cliques.
One day lunch is interrupted when a gun suddenly goes off in the school cafeteria. Colin's main tormenter, Wayne Connelly, is blamed and suspended for the crime. Colin isn't convinced Wayne is guilty, however, and sets out to prove his innocence. His unique vision of the world may be the very perspective needed to see what really happened.
Thoughts: I was drawn to this novel because it features an unlikely hero and a mystery. In developing an engaging main character and a realistic mystery, Colin Fischer completely succeeds. The text utilizes three writing devices: Colin's first person journal entries, a third person narrative, and footnotes. All blend together to offer a comprehensive perspective on the events as well as the characters' thoughts and motivations. I particularly enjoyed Colin's entries. These offered an authentic view into the Asperger's mind that allows the reader to more deeply understand the thought patterns. Colin's interactions with his family, his brother's resentment, and the teen's dealings with his peers all ring true. I found this to be an intriguing novel featuring an endearing, atypical sleuth you can't help but root for. I hope there are many more Colin Fischer mysteries on the way!
I heard authors Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz speak at the Texas library conference this spring. What a fascinating pair of guys! These screenwriters met and bonded years ago over Star Trek and have been collaborating ever since on projects such as X-Men, Thor, and Fringe. Colin Fischer is their first young adult novel. I found them very interesting and look forward to seeing what they do next on the screen and in young adult literature!
|Ashley E. Miller & Zack Stentz - TLA "Defining Different" Panel, 2013|
Read Colin Fischer if you ...
- are a fan of mysteries and enjoyed series like Encyclopedia Brown in your past
- enjoy novels starring differently-wired main characters
- liked The London Eye Mystery, Anything But Typical, and/or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- are interested in the the unique ways people tick.