Thursday, June 7, 2012

New fiction book about teen with Asperger’s

Cover art: Colin Fischer
Cover art: Colin Fischer
 Fresh from earning an A in my Cuesta College course, Connecting Adolescents with Literature and Libraries, the Young Adult (YA) genre remains one that I gravitate toward naturally.

Add my ongoing desire to curate a list of books that inform people with autism and the following lead was irresistible to me.

Publishers Weekly shared a link June 6 to a summary by Carolyn Juris of a YA editors’ buzz panel during Book Expo America.

As described by Juris, the title character of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz’s Colin Fischer (Razorbill, Nov. 8, 2012) is a boy with Asperger’s syndrome:
“who is uncomfortable looking at others, who doesn’t like to be touched, and who needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. He also has keen powers of observation, which he uses to try to prove the innocence of the school bully, who is accused of bringing a gun to school and blowing up a cake in the cafeteria. Razorbill publisher Ben Schrank called Colin ‘an Encyclopedia Brown for a new generation,’ adding that anyone who’s ever felt socially awkward will relate to Colin, and perhaps come away from the novel a little more forgiving of themselves.’”
According to the book listing on, its release is set for Nov. 8. I hope that librarians in charge of collection development in Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma County libraries will consider purchasing this book. This is a book I would consider adding to my recommended books about autism.

Published Sept. 18, 2012 in the Lake County Record-Bee

1 comment:

  1. I'm waiting for an opportunity to read the book for myself before adding to my list of books.


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