At ALA, I happened to pick up a ton of middle grade reads. Generally, this is not an area which I consider myself very well read but I was thrilled to get my hands on these ARCs and even more excited that I actually really liked them! Since some of them don't come out for a while, I can't officially 'review' them, but I can recommend them for your collections!
Colin Fischer is a book that completely caught me by surprise. I wanted a copy at ALA because the cover intrigued me. Invisible boy with pictures of different facial expressions? I had no idea where Miller and Stentz were going with this book. Colin Fischer has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, and he is a modern day Encyclopedia Brown. After a disaster in the school cafeteria involving an exploded birthday cake and a gun, the school immediately blames troublemaker Wayne Connelly. But Colin is dead set that Wayne is innocent and despite Wayne's treatment of Colin in the past, he decides to prove to everyone that Wayne is innocent. This is like reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time but more toned down. Great for all ages and I adored Colin's voice. (ISBN: 9781595145789, Release Date: 11/8/12, Penguin YRG)
SIDENOTE: Liar & Spy and Colin Fischer are both available on Edelweiss!