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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Arnold Lobel autism Avril Lavigne Awesome backpack beside blank cards cassette Catherine chair clinic colored pencils comes communication book couch Dad's dance David asks David leans David swings doorway draw driveway ears eyes feel fingers fish tank flip Frog front door girl girl next door glance grab guinea pigs guitar hair hallway hand head headphones hear hold Jason taps Jason's book Jason's wheelchair joystick kids kitchen Kristi asks Kristi says laugh look Melissa minivan Mom's Morehouse says Morse code mouth nods Nutmeg Okay parking lot pick pocket porch portrait of Jason pull ramp rule Ryan seagulls sketchbook slide smiles someone sorry speech therapist stands stare stinks a big stop swing talk tell therapist there's things tiny turn video store waiting room walk watch waves window wish woman words yell