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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
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Rules follows the story of Catherine as she learns to deal with her brother David who has autism. Catherine makes news friends and must learn to balance all of these friendships. Her new friend Jason ... Read full review

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This book greatly depicts the life of having a family member with autism. At first the main character, Catherine, is embarrassed of her brother and tries to teach him rules on what is proper to say ... 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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