House Rules: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 3, 2010 - Fiction - 544 pages
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The astonishing novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a young boy with autism falsely accused of murder.

When your son canít look you in the eye...does that mean heís guilty?

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Aspergerís syndrome. Heís hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subjectóforensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and heís always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And heís usually right.

But when Jacobís small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacobís behaviors are hallmark Aspergerís, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacobís mother, Emma, itís a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, itís another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

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wonderful book! Two issues 1) I couldn't put it down long enough to enjoy the rest of the world. I was completely captivated for 6 full hours pausing only long enough to refill my water glass. And 2 ... Read full review

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User Review  - ShouldIReadIt - LibraryThing

Jacob has been accused of murdering his Social Skills teacher Jess. No one can believe Jacob would do such a thing because he never breaks rules and loved Jess. However, when he confesses he did it ... Read full review

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Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a masterís degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-one novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sisterís Keeper, for which she received the American Library Associationís Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at

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