Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

COLIN FISCHER, by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

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The story: Freshman Colin Fischer has Asperger’s syndrome, which means that most people think he’s weird–and that some people go out of their way to bully him. He keeps notebooks detailing all the facts he finds interesting in his life–so when someone brings a gun to school and one of his tormentors gets blamed, Colin knows Wayne is innocent. He sets out to prove it, but why? So Wayne will quit bugging him?  No…just because Colin wants to know. But Colin soon finds out that knowing too much can get you into a lot of trouble–and maybe even get you killed.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in the head of someone with Asperger’s syndrome or autism, this story will interest you. The things that make other kids think he’s a weirdo are the things that make him the perfect person to solve this mystery.  Even stranger–he might actually end up making a friend..

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