Colin Fischer is not your ordinary high school freshman. He has Asperger’s- a syndrome that makes it hard for him to pick up on social clues. To help Colin relate to other people, he has emotion flash cards that allow him to figure out what people are feeling and a notebook to record all his thoughts and feelings. Now Colin has a mystery to solve. A gun went off in the school cafeteria and the school suspects that Wayne, a classmate who has bullied Colin for years, did it, but Colin knows it’s not true. Colin must put the clues together to prove that Wayne is innocent, before it’s too late. The authors, Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, include engaging features such as Colin’s journal entries, side notes that provide more in-depth facts for parts of the story, and emotions in all caps (“MALICE” “SUPRISED.”) These features help the reader get inside the head of Colin Fischer. If you like a good mystery, especially with one that has such an interesting, different character as Colin Fischer, you will love Colin Fischer, one of our 2014-2015 Lone Star Books.
Sixteen-year-old Kyra is a highly trained potions master with a problem- she tried to kill the Kingdom’s princess and failed. Now she’s on the run from the Royal Guard who is trying to capture her. Kyra, who believes that the princess will ruin the kingdom if she isn’t taken out, knows she cannot stop until she has killed the princess. With the help of a person-tracking pig and a strange (and cute) man, Fred, Kyra seeks to finish what she started. As Kyra and Fred’s relationship begins to develop, she makes a discovery that will change their relationship forever. Will Kyra stop the princess before she is captured herself? If you like your books with adventure, mystery, romance, and a little magic, you will love Poison!