Okay, It's been a while since I've posted a review, but I'm back. This book was funny, especially since I have some students who could easily be the title character.
Title: Colin Fischer
Author(s): Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz
Publication Date: November 1, 2012
AR Levels: Interest Level-- 9-12 ; Book Level-- 6.3 ; Points-- 8.0
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13589178-colin-fischer
In a nutshell: Colin Fischer, the title character, is a precocious high school student who has Asperger's Syndrome--a disorder that causes problems with communication and social interaction. He loves investigating things and keeps a journal of his observations and questions. One day while he and other students are in the school cafeteria, a gun fires and a student is charged. Colin, however, doesn't agree and sets out to prove the police and the principal wrong--in his own way.
I'd recommend it for grades: 7th-12th +; The book is really funny, but it does have the occasional curse word. I'm well beyond those grades, and it made me laugh!
I'd recommend it to: Anyone who's ever been called awkward; Anyone who loves a good mystery; Anyone who loves crime scene dramas but is tired of CSI.
What I liked most about this book: It didn't get technical with the investigation, but instead focused on the random thoughts of Colin. There's not a whole lot I didn't like about this one.
Single-favorite moment: Colin talks to his principal like he would talk to a peer. He's "respectful" but he acts like they are working together. In one part of the book, Colin takes over the investigation and bosses the principal around. The principal's reaction made me laugh because she didn't know what to think.
Star rating (where 5 stars is awesome and 0 stars is atrocious): 4 stars. A great read with wit and a lot of heart.