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Colin Fischer Hardcover – November 1, 2012

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Gr 5 Up-Colin Fischer, 14, has Asperger's syndrome. He is highly intelligent, but incapable of reading social cues and struggles to navigate everyday situations. When he enters high school, he faces bullies, class clowns, cliques, and a mystery: Who brought the gun to school that went off in the cafeteria? He soon becomes convinced that the bully, Wayne, who is temporarily suspended, is not guilty. As he works to exonerate Wayne, everyone wonders why he would help someone who dunked him in the toilet on the first day of school. For Colin, it is not a matter of helping the bully, but of making sure that the truth comes out. He eventually proves Wayne is innocent and in the process makes a new friend. Each chapter starts out with an excerpt from Colin's diary, giving facts about Asperger's, a clever device to avoid didactic writing. Colin's family interactions, including squabbles with his younger brother, who resents his sibling's special needs, render him sympathetic. Overall, this book succeeds in making Colin a believable character, deeply rooted in his disability, but always a person first.-Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MDα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The robotic nature of 14-year-old Colin’s severe Asperger’s syndrome has made him a bit of an outcast at school. He uses a set of flash cards to help identify people’s facial emotions. He keeps a journal filled with people’s reactions, so that he may better elicit them in the future. And he is unintentionally blunt. (To a friend he hasn’t seen for months: “Your breasts got bigger.”) It is precisely these qualities that make him the ideal witness to a shocking event: a gun going off in the middle of the cafeteria. With unparalleled powers of observation and deduction—Sherlock Holmes is his hero—Colin examines the facts until he is forced, by sheer logic, to come to the defense of the accused Wayne, a bully who has long tortured Colin. Miller and Stentz keep the page plenty busy, setting off each emotion that Colin identifies in a larger font (“MALICE,” “HESITATION”) and including handwritten scraps from Colin’s journal. Happily, they succeed where it counts the most—crafting the mechanical Colin into a sympathetic and dynamic character. Grades 5-8. --Daniel Kraus

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Series: Colin Fischer (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595145788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595145789
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin is an unlikely hero. And in truth, he might not be viewed by anyone as such, but anyone who is willing to navigate the world of neurotypicals who expect you to know exactly what their facial expressions, tones of voice and sarcasm mean, when you have absolutely no clue and no way of knowing any of that because your brain functions differently, then that makes you a hero. Especially when that world is high school! Colin is smart and a good kid, just a boy with Apsergers Disorder (a high-functioning autistic) who stumbles upon a mystery in the high school cafeteria when a gun goes off and the school bully is quickly railroaded. Colin is no friend of the bully's, he's actually been his victim since first grade, but that does not mean he will let things go as they are: justice must be served and the mystery must be solved, even if it means absolving his worst enemy. I loved the book and I am grateful for anyone who takes the time to write from the point of view of an autistic kid, it really serves the purpose of showing the rest of the world how tough it is for these young people.
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Colin has Asperger's Syndrome. It gives him attention to details which is sometimes over whelming to the point he just has to bark like a dog. By keeping meticulous notes on everything, he sorts through his observations logically to determine that his worst enemy did not shoot the gun that was fired in the school cafeteria, even though everyone else is sure he did. Of course, everyone discounts Colin as a nuisance or weirdo who makes weird noises when he becomes over-stressed. It does not take much to over stress him. A ringing phone can cause him to scream if he is not prepared for it. Yet Colin fearlessly does everything in his power to show that the bully (for whom Colin is an easy daily target) does not deserve to be expelled for the gun incident. Colin’s “condition” gives him an exaggerated need for fair play and following the rules, even if that means saving the bully. Which he does, but he seems powerless to bring the true culprit to justice. I hope this seeming loose end is an indicator for a sequel. The novel interpretation that Colin gives things is quite entertaining and thought provoking. He isn’t wrong, or damaged, he is just different like Sherlock Holmes. This book is as interesting for its glimpse into the mind of an Aspergian as for its compelling story of school yard justice.
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"Life is math.
We know this because mathematics can reduce anything to a system of equations. Sometimes the solutions tell us things that seem "intuitively obvious." This means that we do not need math to figure them out. For example, the Parking Problem.
Some mathematicians at a university wanted to know how people could minimize the time it takes to find a parking spot and get into a store. Here is what they found: The optimal strategy is to take the first space you see and then walk.
When I told my father about this, he asked why it took mathematicians at a university to figure it out. I explained that while the conclusions seems intuitively obvious, it runs counter to standard human behavior. Most people will not take the first space the come across. Instead, the will seek out a better, theoretical spot that could be more convenient, incorrectly believing it will save them time.
I used to think people did this because they're bad at math, but actually it's because they're gamblers. They pass up good opportunities that are right in front of them in exchange for imagined improvements that almost never materialize. This is why I trust math and I do not trust people. Math makes better sense."

This is one of Colin Fisher's many observations in his Notebook, a catalog of facts, observations, and notations dating back to his pre-school days. Colin has been diagnosed with high-functioning Aspergers Syndrome and that translates to a variety of quirks which place him firmly on the outskirts of his school's social spectrum. He's bullied by some, ridiculed by others, ignored by most, and befriended by few, but Colin honestly doesn't care. He enjoys school and enjoys making observations of his peers even more. Even his main tormentor, Wayne Connelly, is worthy of consideration.
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I got this for my then 12-year-old son with Asperger's to help introduce him to the concept before we explained that he has the disorder. He's read it multiple times and really loves it. He's now 13 and still picks it up on occasion.
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By Jack H. on December 20, 2012
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Colin Fischer the boy is essentially a modern day Sherlock Holmes with Aspergers. Colin Fischer the novel is much, much more. The book is an easy read, you should be able to finish it in three or four hours and it is straight forward and intelligently written more than that however is what the book delivers.

The authors manage to convey the nuances of Aspergers through Colin. You understand his limitations, his strengths, and his view on the world. The authors perfected the socially awkward penguin comedy, for example; after seeing a long time friend after a summer break Colin begins on how her breasts have developed and then continues to explain the physiology behind these changes. As a character I would die of shame, as a reader it is pure gold. Yet even in the hilarity you connect with Colin in a way that attunes you to his suffering. You don't want to laugh at him or because of him, you want him to understand this crazy alien world he is party to.

I highly recommend this book as it will touch your heart, make you think, and make you laugh all the way through. This modern day Holmes has all the skills of the world class detective and the smooth moves of a sheet of sand paper but by the end you'll love him and be wanting more.
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