This 2007 Newbery Honor Book is a humorous and heartwarming debut about feeling different and finding acceptance. Now in After Words paperback!
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 head off David's embarrassing behaviors.
But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, 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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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 cynthialord.com.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Praise for Rules:
"Middle-grade readers will...be intrigued by this exploration of dealing with differences." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A rewarding that may well inspire readers to think about others' points of view." -Publishers Weekly
"A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter." -School Library Journal
This is an absorbing tale about valuing people even when it's difficult. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The emotions in this fast-paced novel ring true." -The Horn Book
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