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Grade 4-7-Twelve-year-old Catherine has conflicting feelings about her younger brother, David, who is autistic. While she loves him, she is also embarrassed by his behavior and feels neglected by their parents. In an effort to keep life on an even keel, Catherine creates rules for him (It's okay to hug Mom but not the clerk at the video store). Each chapter title is also a rule, and lots more are interspersed throughout the book. When Kristi moves in next door, Catherine hopes that the girl will become a friend, but is anxious about her reaction to David. Then Catherine meets and befriends Jason, a nonverbal paraplegic who uses a book of pictures to communicate, she begins to understand that normal is difficult, and perhaps unnecessary, to define. Rules of behavior are less important than acceptance of others. Catherine is an endearing narrator who tells her story with both humor and heartbreak. Her love for her brother is as real as are her frustrations with him. Lord has candidly captured the delicate dynamics in a family that revolves around a child's disability. Set in coastal Maine, this sensitive story is about being different, feeling different, and finding acceptance. A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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Gr. 4-7. "No toys in the fish tank" is one of many rules that 12-year-old Catherine shares with her autistic younger brother, David, to help him understand his world. Lots of the rules are practical. Others are more subtle and shed light on issues in Catherine's own life. Torn between love for her brother and impatience with the responsibilities and embarrassment he brings, she strives to be on her parents' radar and to establish an identity of her own. At her brother's clinic, Catherine befriends a wheelchair-bound boy, Jason, who talks by pointing at word cards in a communication notebook. Her drawing skills and additional vocabulary cards--including "whatever" (which prompts Jason to roll his eyes at his mother)--enliven his speech. The details of autistic behavior are handled well, as are depictions of relationships: Catherine experiences some of the same unease with Jason that others do in the presence of her brother. In the end, Jason helps Catherine see that her rules may really be excuses, opening the way for her to look at things differently. A heartwarming first novel. Cindy Dobrez
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Cynthia Lord wrote “Rules” to teach us about everyone’s life is run by rules. The main character Catherine has autism little brother named David. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Cesar Gonzalez
Can't think of any, this book is terrible, DO NOT EVER buy it.
There is no story, the book is about rules, why would anybody want to read... Read more
Reading this book should be a requirement for all kids in 5th-6th grade age groups. This story really provides some insightful moments for this age set by addressing the ultimate... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Desert Sunshine
9 year old in 4th grade was required to purchase for class reading. He seems to enjoy the book.Published 1 month ago by Leah DeMuynck
Well written, good voice, but the pacing is off. Book feels like short act 1, mostly act 2, almost non existent act 3.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was a awesome book😊, I highly recommend it to both boys and girls, as well as their parents too!Published 1 month ago by Jhirsch
Read the book with my grand daughter. We enjoyed discussions how she handled her friends and David her brother.Published 1 month ago by Cecilia Thoresen
This book is one I can relate to in real life, I have a friend whose younger brother has Autism, and understanding what Catherine goes through makes me wonder what I would be like... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Lukehart