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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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User Review  - CasieBelaire - LibraryThing

Rules was a book that hit very close to home for me. Although my daughter does not have autism, I know how Catherine feels when people stare at David and Jason. I have been through numerous OT visits ... Read full review

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User Review  - cabaty - LibraryThing

Catherine's little brother, David, has autism and she sometimes goes to occupational therapy with him. There, she makes a new friend, Jason, who can't speak and uses a wheelchair. She also has a new ... 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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