Cynthia Lord Video Interview
Cynthia Lord is a former teacher whose first novel, Rules, won a 2007 Newbery Honor. It tells the story of a 12-year-old girl whose younger brother has autism.
Get to know this exciting new author by watching our June 2007 video interview. Here, Lord describes how she got her start as a writer, where she finds inspiration, and how she researches and plans a new story. Lord also offers advice for young writers and discusses some of her favorite books for kids.
Twelve-year-old Catherine's life is filled with rules — some for herself but most for her eight-year-old autistic brother, David. Catherine wishes for a normal life in which she can enjoy the freedom of being herself without the responsibility of watching David all the time. With the arrival of a girl next door and an unexpected friendship with someone she meets at David's occupational therapy appointments, Catherine looks inside her heart and redefines what she considers normal.