Today, December 3rd, is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A big trend in both teen and juvenile fiction is to include characters with special needs. The new teen book that is getting plenty of buzz right now is Colin Fischer, written by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz.
Stentz is not only on the Autism Spectrum himself, he has two children who are as well. Fourteen-year-old Colin Fischer’s ability to pay close attention to detail gives him Sherlock Holmes level powers of deduction. This makes him the perfect person to solve a crime involving a gun at his school. Colin keeps his notebook with him at all times and records his observations while he tries to survive the “typical” world. He deals with bullies. In in the first chapter we witness him getting a swirly. This is a great first person account of what it is like to be on the Autism Spectrum.