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Rules by Cynthia Lord

Rules (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Cynthia Lord (Author)

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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 an young paraplegic.
Authors:Cynthia Lord (Author)
Info:Scholastic Press (2006), Edition: First Edition, 4th printing, 208 pages
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I sat down to read this book because I am interested in the subject matter, and though it is a book for young readers (which I decidedly am not!) I enjoyed it quite a bit. I finished the whole thing in one sitting. It's a story about dealing with differences, longing for what cannot be, relating to family. Good stuff - any pre-teen who wants to know more about autism and how it affects family members of individuals with autism should read this book. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
Rules is told from the point of view of a twelve year old girl named Catherine whose younger brother, David, has autism. Over the years Catherine has created long lists of rules for David to help him remember things, like "if the bathroom door is closed, knock" to help him out and to stop him from embarassing her all the time. As it turns out, he still embarasses her a lot of the time and she's pretty stressed about it most of the time. This book is honest and funny and I loved it. ( )
  kamlibrarian | Dec 23, 2022 |
Sweet heart-warming book. It is okay to not be 'perfect'. ( )
  HeartofGold900 | Dec 3, 2022 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. The main character is a bit confused as to whether or not she can find her own purpose in life while caring for her brother with autism. ( )
  PaytonSiragusa | Nov 13, 2022 |
On the one hand: it's a quick read, I found it engaging, and I identified with Catherine's painful embarrassment at being different from what she thinks of as normal -- I think the representation of a 12 YO girl is accurate. On the other hand: I read the reviews from people with autism and how this book makes them feel and I have to agree. There is no sympathy for David. There is very little celebration of his good qualities or of his talents -- just sibling resentment. While I liked that Catherine gets called out for being a jerk to her friend with cerebral palsy, her behavior was a bummer. I think it's a great book if you are sibling who feels overlooked and needs to let off a little steam. As a portrayal of autism or cerebral palsy, it's not a good representation. ( )
  jennybeast | Jun 3, 2022 |
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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 an 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

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