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Rules (2006)

by Cynthia Lord

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Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.

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A great novel that I have read quite a few times. The main character Catherine is an appealing and relatable character who tries to balance her love for her special needs brother with her resentment of his special needs. She has believable growth through the story and comes to understand that her embarrassment is for herself rather than for her brother. It is an interesting story that sees Catherine realize that real friends will not judge her for her circumstances. ( )
  BrennaMarohl | Jul 4, 2023 |
"Rules" has both a Newberry award and a Schneider Family Book award. The book follows Caroline, a 12-year-old with a brother, David, who has a disability. She tries to teach David the "rules" of society and how he should act to keep him from embarrassing her and himself. Caroline eventually makes a new friend and must navigate the struggles of her new relationship while dealing with the stigma surrounding her brother's disability.
This book could be used to bring awareness and understanding to disabilities and could be used to educate students on how to appropriately interact with students with disabilities.
"Rules" highlights the disabled community and the struggles they and their families face, as well as the struggles students, experience while trying to fit in with their peers ( )
  kelly.koeper | May 1, 2023 |
This book was so touching… about a middle school girl who had a brother with autism and her daily struggles. She makes friends with a boy in a wheel chair and she learns about true friendship! ( )
  rebeccasue15 | Apr 21, 2023 |
This book would be good for Middle school or beyond. This book talks about the main character Catherine who struggles to find a balance in life. She feels torn between taking care of her brother who has autism and wanting to be a normal kid playing with her friends. This book takes us on a journey of Catherine's perspective on he brother David who has Autism and her friend Jason who is non-verbal. It shows her perspective on what she thinks is "normal". By the end she has come to celebrate differences between her friends and brother. This book would be good to talk about inclusivity as well as perspectives of people who have a disability and what life looks like for them. ( )
  HannahSmith22 | Apr 19, 2023 |
Newbery Honor Book! Winner of many other book awards!
  vashonpatty | Apr 1, 2023 |
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My deepest appreciation to:
Everyone at Scholastic Press, especially Marijka Kostiw, Kristina Albertson, Tracey Mack, and Leslie Budnick.

Tracey Adams, my wonderful agent.

The members of my critique groups, each of whom possess that rare combination of Charlotte the spider: a true friend and a good writer.

My retreat-mates who put me on the right track: Franny Billingsley, Toni Buzzeo, Sarah Lamstein, Dana Walrath, Mary Atkinson, Carol Peacock, and Jackie Davies.
With special thanks to Amy Butler Greenfield, Nancy Werlin, Amanda Jenkins, Denise Johns, Melissa Wyatt, Lisa Firke, Lisa Harkrader, Laura Weiss, Mary Pearson, Amy McAuley, and Kristina Cliff-Evans.

And to my parents, Earl and Elaine Lord, who gave me wings but always left the porch light on to show the way home.
To John, Julia, and Gregory
I love you more than words.
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"Come on, David." I let go of his sleeve, afraid I'll rip it. When he was little, I could pull my brother behind me if he didn't want to do something, but now David's eight and too strong to be pulled.
I add another rule to David's list: Sometimes people laugh when they like you. But sometimes they laugh to hurt you.
"I wish everyone had the same chances," I say. "Because it stinks a big one that they don't."
Sometimes I wish someone would invent a pill so David'd wake up one morning without autism, like someone waking up from a long coma, and he'd say, "Jeez, Catherine, where have I been?"
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Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.

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Frustrated with a life that revolves around the needs of her autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a "normal" existence but instead finds her world further complicated and enriched by friendship with a young paraplegic.

Curriculum Connection: 6th Grade Reading Standard: 2. Reading for All Purposes

1. Understanding the meaning within different types of literature depends on properly analyzing literary components

b.  Use Craft and Structure to:  
iii. Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text. (CCSS: RL.6.6)
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