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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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12-year-old Catherine's brother David is autistic. Catherine loves her brother, but she is also embarrassed by him, and wearies of having to help take care of him. During the summer, two new people ... Read full review

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This book opened my eyes to people with autism like David. I had never really imagined what families go through when someone in their family has it. I kind of empathize with both characters. Catherine ... 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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