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