By: Ahsley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz
Published: February 2013
ISBN: 9780141343900


Colin Fischer doesn't like to be touched. Or the colour blue. He avoids eye contact unless absolutely necessary. Sherlock Holmes has a place of honour on his wall. His room is a shrine to clear-headed logic.

When a phone rings loudly in class, Colin can't cope. So he barks like a dog. But when a gun goes off in the school cafeteria he isn't scared. He's curious... Colin Fischer is determined to discover who fired that gun.


Colin keeps a notebook to record everything, doesn't like loud noises or the colour blue and avoids all contact, including eye contact.

He is fascinated by facts and uncovering the truth, hence Sherlock Holmes is his idol.

When a gun goes off in the school canteen he isn't afraid, only curious and intent on finding out who is responsible.

The book contains explanations and questions regarding different theories, such as behavioural and mathematical theories and footnotes providing additional information at the bottom of many pages. I found this amusing and enlightening, as I am sure some of your students will, but others may simply skim over them as an unnecessary addition to the actual story.

The story itself is excellent and engrossing, and draws the reader into wanting the best outcome for our unlikely hero. It will open many discussions about Asperger's syndrome and many other conditions that require understanding and empathy.

A fantastic read that is best suited to lower to middle secondary students.

This book was included in our February 2013 Secondary Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Rob