Book Review: Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
Colin – as a main character it can be difficult to establish empathy for an autistic individual – they are so different and seemingly ‘other’ to so many people. I ended up feeling as if Colin were one of my own students. In fact, he reminds me of several of my favorite students from past years.
The footnotes, and, to a certain extent, Colin’s notebook entries. From the beginning I was frustrated by the footnotes. I felt that most of the information in them was either unnecessary or could have easily been incorporated into the text. I quickly realized that they were effectively pulling me out of the narrative and stopped reading them. I enjoyed the book much more after that. I felt similarly about some of Colin’s notebook entries (mostly towards the end of the book.) Overall, though, I thought they contributed to an understanding of Colin’s character.
Colin Fischer was published November 1, 2012 by Razorbill. ISBN 978-1595145789.
Filed under: Ashley Edward Miller, Asperger syndrome, Autism, Book Reviews, Colin Fischer, Empathy, Teen Issues, Zack Stentz
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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