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Colin Fischer

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  1,837 Ratings  ·  416 Reviews

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
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Razorbill (first published January 11th 2012)
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Cait (Paper Fury)
I have mixed feelings about this book because on one hand I think it's a good representation of life with Aspergers...buuuuut...I also felt it had a LOT of disability discrimination (by the "older, wiser" adults) and it was never addressed as wrong. THAT BOTHERED ME QUITE A LOT.

Autism, especially on the high-function "Aspergers" (although Aspergers doesn't technically exist anymore...) is a really complicate disability and often seen as an "invisible" one. And ALL THE TEACHERS ABSOLUTELY REJECT
Cherie W
Oct 28, 2016 Cherie W rated it it was amazing
Colin Fischer has flash cards with faces and emotions on them. He carries a dog-eared notebook with him everywhere, recording moments and facial expressions in it. He also has an almost uncanny ability to observe and make inferences about everything. Wayne Connelly is a school bully who has always tormented Colin, and his latest torment has been shoving Colin's face in the toilet. Melissa, a pretty girl in Colin's class, is having a birthday party. Trust Wayne to ruin it. He takes a piece of cak ...more
Erica Cameron
Oct 31, 2012 Erica Cameron rated it it was amazing
"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
Vincent Ripley
Jan 13, 2013 Vincent Ripley rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 11, 2012 Rosa rated it liked it
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
juan carlos
Apr 09, 2015 juan carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro de detectiveas como ningún otro. Sindromes, matemáticas, juventud y un personaje como Collin que es un ser mágico, diferente, curioso y un gran detective deductivo y sofisticado :)

Libro que recomiendo para iniciar con este género y no irse directo a Agatha Cristhie, o a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Este libro es fantástico para que te enamores de estos temas en la literatura.
Feb 18, 2013 Joanne rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 30, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok
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
Mar 23, 2017 Adriana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Fun, fast paced, and full of interesting little footnotes.
I love how the fact that the leading character has Asperger's is a big part of the story but it doesn't define the character. It informs some of his actions, but it's just a small part of what makes Colin entertaining.
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
Sep 13, 2012 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2012 Kris rated it it was amazing

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
Dec 04, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2013 Beth rated it did not like it
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
Miss Wilson
Mar 04, 2017 Miss Wilson rated it really liked it
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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
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
Apr 15, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2013 Ssil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Tatiana Campos
Jul 23, 2012 Tatiana Campos rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2012 Rhonda rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Mikaela Tynski
Jun 15, 2014 Mikaela Tynski rated it really liked it
Shelves: third-term
"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
Feb 02, 2014 Leah Scheier rated it really liked it
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
Michelle (tinyturtle88)
Nov 27, 2012 Michelle (tinyturtle88) rated it really liked it
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
Lisa Nocita
"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
Feb 02, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, flc-2013
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
Mady Dailey
1. Text to Text: The main character, Colin, is closely related to Rose, the main character in Rain Reign. Both of these characters have Autism tendencies. They both have a special teacher that helps throughout the school day. They are both sensitive to loud noises. In uncomfortable situations, Rose would shout out prime numbers where Colin would bark like a dog. Both Colin and Rose are good with numbers.

2. This book is culturally specific to students with disabilities. In the book, Colin demons
Dec 06, 2012 Dolores rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
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
Oct 12, 2012 Colby rated it it was amazing
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
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