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by Cynthia Lord

This 2007 Newbery Honor Book is a humorous and heartwarming debut about feeling different and finding acceptance.

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?

Praise for Rules

"A heartwarming first novel" — Booklist

"Catherine is an endearing narrator who tells her story with both humor and heartbreak. A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter." — School Library Journal

"The appealing, credible narrator at the heart of Lord's debut novel will draw in readers, as she struggles to find order and balance in her life. A rewarding story that may well inspire readers to think about others' points of view." — Publishers Weekly

Newbery Honor Medal
Schneider Family Book Award
ALA Notable Children's Book

8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Realistic Fiction

About the Author

Cynthia Lord Cynthia Lord is the author of Rules, Touch Blue, and Hot Rod Hamster. She lives in Maine.

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