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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 school bully and Colin's frequent tormenter, didn't bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn't have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun...

Colin Fischer is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, and his story — as told by the screenwriters of X-Men: First Class and Thor — is perfect for readers who have graduated from Encyclopedia Brown and who are ready to consider the greatest mystery of all: what other people are thinking and feeling.

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"The screenwriting team behind X-Men: First Class and Thor make their YA debut with the story of a teenager with Asperger's syndrome solving a crime, a premise that can't help evoking Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Kids constantly target high school freshman Colin, who struggles to understand their facial expressions or jokes, and who sometimes barks when upset. When a gun goes off in the school cafeteria, Colin uses his considerable observational skills and powers of logic to prove that Wayne, a bully who put Colin's head in the toilet on the first day of school, wasn't responsible (when an incredulous Wayne asks Colin why he is helping, Colin simply replies, 'You're innocent'). Through journal entries that begin each chapter and footnotes about everything from genetic chimerism to false dichotomies, readers get a strong sense of how Colin's brain works. Beyond Colin and his parents, though, the other characters are somewhat flat. Even so, readers will be drawn into the mystery and intrigued by Colin's vision of the world. Ages 12 – up. Agent: Eric Simonoff, William Morris Endeavor." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Colin Fischer is like an alien anthropologist stranded on Earth, with no choice but to master the local social codes and try to pass as human, or perish." Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians

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"Evok[es] Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time....Readers will be drawn into the mystery and intrigued by Colin's vision of the world." Publishers Weekly

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"The 14-year-old hero of this extraordinary debut novel is like no one else we've met in children's literature....Readers will take this hero to heart." Shelf Awareness, starred review

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“The subgenre combining sleuthing with characters who have Asperger syndrome gets a new entry offering humor and interesting historical and scientific connections.” Kirkus Reviews

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"Authors Miller and Stentz['s]...portrayal of differently wired Colin feels genuine and authentic. [An] engaging and humorous mystery." Horn Book Reviews

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"A sympathetic and dynamic character." Booklist

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"I fell for Colin." L.A. Times

Synopsis:

Encyclopedia Brown from the screenwriting duo behind X-Men: First Class and Thor!

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. But Colin is Wayne Connelly's best — and only — hope of proving his innocence after Wayne is accused of blowing up a birthday cake in the school cafeteria. Colin and Wayne quickly set off on a journey to prove Wayne's innocence, but neither realizes just how far their investigation will take them or that it will force Colin to consider the greatest mystery of all: what other people are thinking and feeling.

Colin Fischer is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. He's a boy with Asperger's syndrome who sees clues in the unlikeliest of places, and whom readers will root for right up until the case is solved... and beyond.

About the Author

Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz met on the Internet, a consequence of their mutual love of all things Star Trek. Together, Miller and Stentz have written and/or produced over a hundred hours of television. Most recently, they co-wrote the films X-Men: First Class and Thor. Upcoming projects include Fox's series adaptation of Lev Grossman's The Magicians. Miller and Stentz both live in Los Angeles.

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Beverly B, February 13, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Colin Fischer is a fascinating, tense, heart-warming and well-crafted mystery. Colin has Asperger's syndrome. Colin may have poor social skills, but he is ultra observant, perceptive, and analytical, and he has a photographic memory. His role model is Sherlock Holmes. Therefore, in Colin's mind, it is only logical that when a gun discharges just a few feet away from Colin in the school cafeteria during lunch, Colin lead the investigation to uncover who brought the gun to school. It is irrelevant to Colin that the chief suspect is the cruel bully who has been harrassing and terrorizing him since elementary school. In Colin's view, the only thing that matters is solving the mystery and uncovering the truth. The authors are careful to create a realistic ASD character while keeping him a realistic 14 year old dealing with the stress of freshman year. There are several subtle clues that observant readers will use to solve the mystery before Colin figures it out. There is even a surprise twist that surprises Colin more than it will surprise careful readers. Reading the "About the Authors" page will excite many readers into reading the novel. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have written for: X-Men First Class, Thor, Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. But Colin Fscher is far from a science fiction story. It is a touching and memorable mystery, hopefully the first in a series
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781595145789
Author:
Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
Publisher:
Razorbill
Author:
Miller, Ashley Edward
Author:
Stentz, Zack
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Situations / Special Needs
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Series:
Colin Fischer
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 256 pages Razorbill - English 9781595145789 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The screenwriting team behind X-Men: First Class and Thor make their YA debut with the story of a teenager with Asperger's syndrome solving a crime, a premise that can't help evoking Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Kids constantly target high school freshman Colin, who struggles to understand their facial expressions or jokes, and who sometimes barks when upset. When a gun goes off in the school cafeteria, Colin uses his considerable observational skills and powers of logic to prove that Wayne, a bully who put Colin's head in the toilet on the first day of school, wasn't responsible (when an incredulous Wayne asks Colin why he is helping, Colin simply replies, 'You're innocent'). Through journal entries that begin each chapter and footnotes about everything from genetic chimerism to false dichotomies, readers get a strong sense of how Colin's brain works. Beyond Colin and his parents, though, the other characters are somewhat flat. Even so, readers will be drawn into the mystery and intrigued by Colin's vision of the world. Ages 12 – up. Agent: Eric Simonoff, William Morris Endeavor." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Colin Fischer is like an alien anthropologist stranded on Earth, with no choice but to master the local social codes and try to pass as human, or perish."
"Review" by , "Evok[es] Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time....Readers will be drawn into the mystery and intrigued by Colin's vision of the world."
"Review" by , "The 14-year-old hero of this extraordinary debut novel is like no one else we've met in children's literature....Readers will take this hero to heart."
"Review" by , “The subgenre combining sleuthing with characters who have Asperger syndrome gets a new entry offering humor and interesting historical and scientific connections.”
"Review" by , "Authors Miller and Stentz['s]...portrayal of differently wired Colin feels genuine and authentic. [An] engaging and humorous mystery."
"Review" by , "A sympathetic and dynamic character."
"Review" by , "I fell for Colin."
"Synopsis" by , Encyclopedia Brown from the screenwriting duo behind X-Men: First Class and Thor!

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. But Colin is Wayne Connelly's best — and only — hope of proving his innocence after Wayne is accused of blowing up a birthday cake in the school cafeteria. Colin and Wayne quickly set off on a journey to prove Wayne's innocence, but neither realizes just how far their investigation will take them or that it will force Colin to consider the greatest mystery of all: what other people are thinking and feeling.

Colin Fischer is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. He's a boy with Asperger's syndrome who sees clues in the unlikeliest of places, and whom readers will root for right up until the case is solved... and beyond.

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