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Scholastic Press, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 200 pages
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A heartfelt and witty debut about feeling different and finding acceptance--beyond the rules.

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

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... the plot is simple, the writing unburdened. - LibraryThing
The plot was entrancing and completely relatable. - LibraryThing
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Catherine has a brother with autism. David sometimes does this that embarrass his sister. SO in order for David to not be embarrassing Catherine came up with rules for then they are in public that ... Read full review

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Another great book that challenges "normal" life. Rules by Cynthia Lord is a book about living with a family member with autism, but when the main character starting meeting new friends, she slowly starts to realize that what she thinks a normal life is, is far from what real life is. Read full review

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Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of RULES, a Newbery Honor book (among its many distinctions), as well as the critically acclaimed TOUCH BLUE, released August, 2010. She made her picture book debut with HOT ROD HAMSTER. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at

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