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? "A heartwarming first novel" — Booklist
This sensitive yet humorous book is the recipient of many awards including a Newbery Honor Medal. Rules provides great discussion starters for upper elementary students about friendship, compassion, and the challenges of disabilities. Activities engage students in math, art, and technology projects, as well as writing a book review with their own star rating.