Rules by Cynthia Lord

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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?
 

About Cynthia Lord

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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.
 
Published September 24, 2013 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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When 12-year-old Catherine is embarrassed by her autistic younger brother’s behavior, her mother reassures her that “real friends understand.” But Catherine is not convinced, and she is desperate to make a friend of the new girl next door.

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If one of the Hardy Boys had grown up to be a plastic surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, he might be a lot like Christopher Reich’s gung-ho Dr. Jonathan Ransom.

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Publishers Weekly

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Taking solace in art, the girl fills the back of her sketchbook with rules she has established for David, ""so if my someday-he'll-wake-up-a-regular-brother wish doesn't ever come true, at least he'll know how the world works, and I won't have to keep explaining things."" Sorely missing her best ...

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Examiner

A must read for any family who has siblings of special needs children should be Cynthia Lord's Rules.

May 06 2009 | Read Full Review of Rules

Common Sense Media

choosing words and pictures becomes a way for her to look at her own life, to assess and then respond and express her thoughts and feelings.

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Journal Sentinel

Set at a rundown, lowdown West Virginia racetrack, peopled with characters dubbed Medicine Ed, Suitcase Smithers, Kidstuff and Two-Tie, Jaimy Gordon's "Lord of Misrule" may be the first National Book Award-winning novel that cries out for a Tom Waits soundtrack.

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Metal Rules

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