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SOLVING CRIME, ONE FACIAL EXPRESSION AT A TIME
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 scho...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Razorbill
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Monica!
I know this is going to shock you, friends, but occasionally I make snap judgments about a book without having read it first.

I know.

I know.

It’s a travesty.

But I am comfortable enough with myself to admit that yes, I did just such a thing when I first picked up Colin Fischer.

In part, and having gone through my booklists I realize that this is 100% not true, but in part I feel like I have been reading a lot of young adult books recently that feature kids who rank somewhere on the autism spectrum....more
Rosa
I never got over the sense that the authors chose to give the protagonist Asperger's to lend the character some quirk, rather than because they genuinely wanted to introduce us to a living, breathing, three-dimensional 14-year-old boy whose behaviors place him on the autism spectrum. Like Monk or Rainman, it's more of a Hollywood treatment of some serious conditions that actual people live with from day to day.... On the basis of this alone, I would be predisposed to dislike the book; there's al...more
Vincent Ripley
I got an email about this book sometime last year. After reading the press release, I was very intrigued to find out more. The double author combination are both huge comic book fans, who met online. This meeting went onto become a great screenwriting partnership including films such as X-men and the brilliant film Thor. Although, this was not what initially attracted me to their debut book, it was instead the curious synopsis and the glowing praise from Lev Grossman that really captured my inte...more
Joanne
The main character, Colin Fischer, in the fictional YA novel having the same title, has Aspergers syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Colin has been tormented by certain classmates since kindergarten. High school isn't giving him a break from
The main character, Colin Fischer, in the fictional YA novel having the same title, has Aspergers syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to soci...more
Erica Cameron
"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...more
Karen
I found this book very, very frustrating. The new trend of narrators who are on the Autism spectrum is an interesting one, and so far I've really liked Curious Incident, Mockingbird, and Marcelo in the Real World. I have been told by a co-worker who has an Autistic son that The Rules is also very good. I have been looking for a review of Colin Fischer by someone who is more familiar with that Autism than myself because, based on what little I know about it, this book was inconsistent and not rea...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
The cover of Colin Fischer is the first thing that drew me to the book - I loved all the little hand drawn faces with the emotions written beneath them. After checking out the blurb, the cover started to make sense, making me want to pick this up and start reading straight away!

Needless to say, it didn't take me long to start this! I'm very interested in anything medical, psychological or mental-health related and the fact that this was a book that focused on Asperger's Syndrome was what made it...more
Liviania
Colin Fischer is just looking to get through high school. But one day someone brings a gun to school, and bully Wayne Connelly is blamed. Colin knows Wayne didn't do it, but that means he has to find the real culprit to prove Wayne's innocence. Colin may have trouble putting together a facial expression with what people are thinking and feeling, but he has other powers of perception.

I loved the format of COLIN FISCHER. There are excerpts from Colin's journal and lots of footnotes in addition to...more
Kris
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14-year-old Colin Fischer is on the Autism Spectrum. He is brilliant and his ability to meticulously notice details makes him a natural detective with a Sherlock Holmes-like talent for deduction. He is socially awkward and has trouble reading facial expressions. He loves to jump on a trampoline and that is one of the things that keeps him calm and helps him think. He deals with bullies. In the first chapter we witness him getting a swirly in the boy’s rest...more
Cindy
I enjoyed this but it didn't really work for me as a mystery. Colin correctly identifies who brought a loaded gun into the cafeteria (the guilty party seemed obvious to me from the get go) but never identifies why the gun was brought there. Or why it was obtained in the first place. There's too much left unanswered, especially Colin's schoolmates' ties to La Familia.

On top of that I think the evolution of Colin's former bullies into people who befriend him, or at the very least respect him, seem...more
Beth
As a parent of an autistic child I am having a hard time reading this book. I feel a lot of it is just not accurate. Would they really send a child with autism to high school with no support in place to help him when he needs it. How can you go from having a para with you at all times, to nothing. That's just asking for trouble.

Another example, at my son's high school he doesn't have to be mainstreamed in regular phy ed if he doesn't want to. For Colin, it was just like, tough you're not diffe...more
Glimmerfee
Colin Fischer ist anders als die meisten Kinder, denn bei Colin wurde das Asperger Syndrom diagnostiziert. Er hat seine ganz eigene Sicht auf die Dinge und als ein Pistolenschuss in seiner Schule fällt, beginnt Colin zu ermitteln.

Obwohl die Idee nicht neu ist einen Menschen mit Asperger Syndrom zum Detektiv zu machen, ist dieser Krimi lesenswert.
Den Autoren ist es gelungen einen wunderbare Mix aus Humor, Highschool-Feeling und Asperger-Syndrom-Problematik zu schaffen.
In ‚Der beste Tag meines L...more
Mikaela Tynski
"Colin Fischer", by Ashley Edward Miller is a truly heart warming book. Colin Fischer is not like everyone else, he has a... 'condition'. That doesn`t stop Colin from chasing his dreams to become a world-famous detective! When a gun goes off in the cafeteria, Colin knows that this is his one and only chance to be seen, his only chance to follow his dream. This is too easy... there has to be SOME sort of a catch! There are plenty. You see, because of Colin`s 'condition', he is not the most popula...more
Leah Scheier
I loved this book. IMO this is how you write a great middle grade/early YA novel. The MC was a relatable hero, and the Asperger's part of his personality was almost endearing. I prefer this to Curious Incident which I always felt did a disservice to people with autism/ASD because Haddon's MC was a kid who completely lacked empathy, a trait that is frequently incorrectly attributed to Asperger's kids. Colin was by no means an unfeeling sociopath, he just had trouble reading emotions and then resp...more
Kwoomac
Colin Fischer, our titular hero, has Asberger's syndrome, which falls on the autism spectrum. He's high functioning, very analytical, with an IQ between 155 and 180. Colin has just started high school, he has been with a lot of the same kids since grade school. On the first day of school, Wayne Connelly, someone who has been bullying Colin since first grade, sticks Colin's head in a toilet.(This shows up a lot in YA books and I really hope it's not something that actually happens. The combinatio...more
Michelle (tinyturtle88)
4-4.5? What an awesome story! It's like 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' meets 'Monk' (the TV show).

Colin is a 14-year old boy who has Asperger's and is in his freshman year in high school. Public high school. Most of us are familiar with some of the more commonly known symptoms of Asperger's like discomfort with direct eye contact, loud noises, crowded social gatherings, touching and difficulty understanding and showing facial expressions. Colin has been training himself to deal with these things for a v...more
Lisa
"Colin is different. He doesn't like to be touched, even by his parents. He can't tolerate loud noises. He has a hard time reading facial expressions; he keeps notes on what faces correspond to what emotions, so he can match them up with the people all around him and tell what they're feeling. He has an amazing memory and prodigious reasoning skills, and he's extraordinarily knowledgeable in certain areas--game theory, for example, and the history of the U.S. space program--but he also has troub...more
Ssil
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Colin es un chico especial. Tiene Síndrome de Asperger y ve la realidad desde su particular prisma. Detesta el contacto físico; no lo necesita, pero sus padres sí, así que cuando le quieren tocar tienen que avisarle para que a él no le pille de sorpresa. Debido al Asperger tampoco entiende los segundos sentidos, la ironía, las expresiones hechas, las bromas… su mente trabaja de una manera lógica y, en ocasiones, el lenguaje cotidiano no le resulta del...more
Tatiana Campos
Colin Fischer was a hilarious read for me. I particularly loved the way Colin interacted with others, that is...when he interacted at all. He's very much so as uncensored a human being as possible to be. If he thinks it, you will hear it, and if he observes it, it will undoubtedly be going into his journal. Obviously this makes him an easy target for bullies in his school. Most of the kids in his class have known about him and his "disability" since they were young, yet instead of embracing it a...more
Wandering Librarians
Colin Fischer has Asperger's syndrome. He loves math and logic and does not like people touching him and has a hard time reading people's facial expressions. Colin has just started high school, and is without an aid for the first time. The very first day, Colin gets his head put in a toilet by Wayne Connelly, and then Wayne Connelly gets expelled for bringing a gun to school. Only Colin knows that the gun wasn't Wayne's. Colin uses his powers of perception to work out what actually went on in th...more
Annie
Gestaltung
Als ich zum ersten Mal ein Bild des Covers gesehen hatte, fand ich es noch nicht besonders ansprechend, es war vor allem der Klappentext, der mir gefiel. Als ich es dann aber in den Händen hielt hab ich mich schon ein bisschen in das Buch verliebt. Jetzt finde ich das Cover mit der Wolke und den Regentropfen ziemlich süß, genau wie die Rückseiten der Umschlagblätter. Sie sind umgeknickt und mit weißen Regentropfen auf blauem Hintergrund bedruckt. Einen weiteren Schliff geben dem Buch d...more
Sue
Colin has Aspergers Syndrome. It is important to get that out of the way, because this is not just about Aspergers. It is also about the other people in the life of an Aspergers sufferer. Family, friends, teachers - all figure in this mystery novel starring Colin as the detective.
Colin has just started high school and it has not been going well. "Flushed" on his first day by Wayne Connelly - it doesn't look good for Colin. He makes notes about everyone and assesses people's emotional state using...more
Rhonda
This book is geared toward young adults so it wouldn't be a book I would typically choose. However, my son, who has non-verbal learning disability (NLD), tends to read books involving characters with Autism and Aspbergers. Since NLD is on the same spectrum of disorders, he finds it interesting to see into the minds of those with these conditions.

I saw this book offered on Goodreads, in the First Read Contest. I registered with my son in mind. Of course, I read it first and I'll pass it along to...more
Dolores
I knew I was going to love this book from page one. Colin is fourteen years old, and starting high school; things do not begin well for him, because he's not your typical teen. Colin has Asperger's syndrome and every day is filled with challenges than most of us can only imagine. He carries a well-worn notebook with him that serves several purposes. It is filled with clues that help him navigate through his day--like charts of expressions that help him understand what others are feeling, and it...more
Colby
This was an EXCELLENT y/a mystery and hopefully the start of a long series. Colin is a fastidious young man with Asperger's who can out-logic any problem, except how to read his fellow man. In a phenomenal blend of Encyclopedia Brown meets Mr. Monk, this story tells the tale of Colin Fischer's freshman year of high school. He is present during a shooting in the school cafeteria, and becomes determined to solve the mystery. Aside from some mild sexual content and some mild language (librarians be...more
Amy
Colin is a freshman in high school who has a high functioning form of autism called aspergers. His parents are hesitant to put him in mainstream school without a paraprofessional. His younger brother thinks he is a dork and doesn't seem to like him very much. At school, Colin is picked on by a few kids who know how to get him going. He has a few friends as well who help him out. When a gun goes off in the cafeteria, Colin is the one who wants to solve the mystery. There are some really funny par...more
Brooke
I immediately fell in love with Colin, the main character of this very smart and relevant novel about a high school freshman with Asperger's. Despite his autistic traits which could be described as robotic, he developed into quite a lovable character that I found to be more "human" than most non-autistic characters. This YA novel definitely has an adult edge. Colin's journal entries and the author's periodic footnotes actually taught me a thing or two. Although this novel could be slotted under...more
Julia Wilson
Quirky YA novel about a freshman who has Asperger's syndrome. That seems to be the subject of the moment but the story was much broader. Colin is also a junior Sherlock Holmes and when a gun goes off in the school cafeteria he knows they have blamed the wrong student. He becomes involved in solving a mystery even when it would be easier to let the blame rest on Wayne, the school bully, who torments him constantly. In Colin's black and white world, that doesn't matter. He teams up with Wayne (sor...more
Kate
I really enjoyed Colin Fischer. Colin is a very well fleshed out character, even if everyone else fell slightly flat, and he made me laugh well also giving a better understanding of different thought processes. Colin's pov gives a the reader an understanding of his Aspergers, even giving historical background on it. I loved that there were interested facts littered throughout the book, providing little tidbits of knowledge that teens may otherwise not learn unless they specifically went looking...more
Melanie
Colin Fischer has to make flash cards to understand the emotions on people's faces. That's because he has Asperger's syndrome. He'll tell you all about it if you ask him or seem confused. His learning difference makes Colin's life a bit difficult, but he's learned to deal. However when something out of routine happens, Colin has a hard time adjusting.

So when a gun goes off during a birthday celebration at school one day, Colin is surprised that he's not more freaked out. In fact, he finds himsel...more
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