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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 was very cool. - LibraryThing
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I enjoyed reading this book, however it was very frustrating. The words used in this book were very easy to read and the sentences were interesting- I was eager to read to see what happens next. The ... Read full review

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I really like this book because it helps open others' eyes to people living with disabilities and how it affects them. For example, Catherine has a brother named David who suffers from autism ... 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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