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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.
"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.
"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
"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
"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
“The subgenre combining sleuthing with characters who have Asperger syndrome gets a new entry offering humor and interesting historical and scientific connections.” Kirkus Reviews
"Authors Miller and Stentz['s]...portrayal of differently wired Colin feels genuine and authentic. [An] engaging and humorous mystery." Horn Book Reviews
"A sympathetic and dynamic character." Booklist
"I fell for Colin." L.A. Times
Encyclopedia Brown from the screenwriting duo behind X-Men: First Class
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.