Rules

Rules

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Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780439443821
0439443822
Branch Call Number: J FIC Lord 3558jv 1
Characteristics: 200 p

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CharBenn
Apr 28, 2018

this book is just amazing. i myself have a sibling with autism, so this was totally relate able. whether you know anyone with autism or you don't, I TOTALLY RECOMMEND this book.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 17, 2017

Words cannot express how incredibly heartwarming and impressive the “Rules” novel by Cynthia Lord was. It was an absolutely beautiful and emotion-filled read and although I personally cannot directly relate to Catherine’s life, I can fairly say that it has set the bar high when it comes to eliminating the stereotypes associated with disabilities and the autism spectrum. While Cynthia Lord amazingly wrapped together this book as a whole through the realistic plot and thorough character development, I would’ve liked to see a light specifically shone on the relationship between Catherine and her brother. Overall, if that one vague aspect of the book was elaborated on more, it would’ve significantly enhanced the read and made it much more lifelike. All in all, I absolutely enjoyed reading “Rules” by Cynthia Lord, and I would definitely recommend this novel to readers looking for a heartfelt and one-of-a-kind book. Rating: 4/5
- @BiggerPictureReviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This book will force you to confront and question your own perception of others and what is truly considered to be”normal”. Catherine has an autistic brother, and as a result, often her parents are mainly focused on him. In an effort to make her brother seem more normal, she teaches him new rules that she writes down and draws out. After meeting a boy named Jason at her brother David’s speech therapy office, she develops an unlikely friendship that she would have never expected. This book is tremendously heart-warming and will cause you to feel empathy for Catherine, and David. I would rate this book 5/5 stars and recommend it to absolutely anyone to read since it has an important message and tackles real-life issues.
- @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

“RULES” by Cynthia Lord is a heartwarming novel about living with someone with special needs. Although one may find this distinct plot difficult to connect with, we all can get a moving lesson and understanding of both people with disabilities and special needs, and the people they are surrounded by. “RULES” has no boundaries, showing the reality of just how difficult it can be to live with somebody with special needs and how much patience and understanding you must have for them. Overall, “RULES” by Cynthia Lord is an inspiring book that hits you right in the feels and just shines a light that forces you to understand the characters’ perspectives. Rating 3.5/5 stars.
- @WordfulReviews of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

GCPL_Youth Jun 28, 2017

I read this with a 3rd Grade Book Club and it was a huge hit. It opened up discussions about autism and gave the kids a perspective that they could easily understand. I can't recommend this book enough.

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gracecallard
Jun 27, 2017

All time favorite!

I never read books more than once and I have read rules 6 times, about to be 7. This book allows for readers to find a new Understanding for Autism, which not many people can do. His book allowed for me to realize that disabilities are nothing to be ashamed of in any way. I highly recommend this book for any age above 8.

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lb9034367
Jan 24, 2017

Just couldn't get into this book.

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Tess1144
Sep 23, 2016

Twelve-year-old Catherine justs wants a normal life. But this can be difficult if everything about your life and your family is so very different. Catherine has had to be a big sister to a brother with autism, which has caused her no shortage of frustration over the years as she tries to help her brother navigate through “normal” life. “Rules” is a heartwarming story about feeling different and finding acceptance.

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obertrand
Oct 17, 2015

funny, cool, awesome

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Lmkleck
Jul 02, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It hist close to home as i have a friend and a younger sister with autism.
I admire the main character for stepping up and helping her brother and new friend.

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orange_hamster_168
Jun 05, 2015

Rules expresses living with a sibling with a disability. It is an interesting point of view,

KRockstar10 Apr 07, 2014

I liked this book very much. It's a quick read, and I enjoyed the character of Catherine. The reason I gave three stars instead of four is that I felt this book was incomplete. I couldn't tell you what's missing, but I was looking for more closure, and the ending wrapped up far too quickly. I felt roughly the same way about her other book, "Touch Blue". However, both books are perfect for fourth and fifth grade readers.

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Apr 27, 2013

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Feb 25, 2013

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Luciey
Jul 03, 2015

"No toys in the fish tank" says Daivid "That's the rule".

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jazmjoh
Apr 27, 2013

"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."

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Nancy J Mata
Mar 10, 2013

“Saying you will do something means you have to do it – unless you have a very good excuse”

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BradyRhys
Feb 25, 2013

“I wish everyone had the same chances," I say. "Because it stinks a big one that they don't." - Catherine”

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KLalala
Feb 25, 2013

"If someone says 'hi', you say 'hi' back!" David yells. "That's the rule!"

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KLalala
Feb 25, 2013

"If someone says 'hi', you say 'hi' back!" David yells. "That's the rule!"

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CourtneyHendon
Feb 18, 2013

"He needs to be taught everything. Everything from the fact that a peach is not a funny-looking apple to how having long hair doesn't make someone a girl."

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Luciey
Jul 03, 2015

Catherine has been wishing for a normal life for years. It's never came true since his brother, David has Autism. Everybody stares at them especially at the video store when David looks at a video and then announces everything that's on the back of the video - who can't stare at that? But, things are starting to change when Catherine gets a new neighbour, a stylish pretty girl named Kristi and she meets a cute boy with a wheelchair and can't talk named Jason. She wants both of them to be her friend, since her old friend Melissa moved away to another state, but its almost impossible when Kristi gets a boyfriend named Ryan, a boy that Catherine hates so much, David getting in the way all the time, Catherine having to always attend David's OT (Occupational Therapy), and Catherine helping and visiting Jason. She has to choose either Kristi or Jason, but decides to choose both which ends up in a challenging and messy schedule. Will Catherine face the challenges and get both friends? Or will she try to face the challenges, but fail and lose both friends? Read this book to find out more about Catherine's tough life.

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jazmjoh
Apr 27, 2013

Catherine is the older sister of David. David has autism. Catherine feels neglected by her parents, who are more focused on David and his disabilty. Catherine makes rules for her brother to make sure that he knows what to do and what not to do. Kristi moves next door and friends another person with a disability. It is established that normal is hard and accepting others is more important.

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BradyRhys
Feb 25, 2013

Catherine, twelve years old, tells the story about herself and the challenges she faces with her younger brother, David, who is dealing with autism. She is embarrassed by her brother, neglected by her parents, and does not feel accepted amongst others. As she searches for the definition of "normal", she realizes that defining this is not necessary and being different is a great thing. In the end, Catherine finds the acceptance she has been longing for while learning a little about herself.

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KLalala
Feb 25, 2013

This book is told by Catherine, a girl with a brother who has autism, who tries to make her brother normal by giving him rules to follow because David, her brother, embarrassed Catherine, often. She eventually strives through each issue she encountered with David and overcome each in the end.

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CourtneyHendon
Feb 18, 2013

This book is about an autistic child named David. His sister Catherine tries to make her brother "normal" and make rules for him to abide by. Catherine goes through struggles with how to cope with her brother's autism, and overcomes them in the end. She soon realizes the importance of family and the people around her, especially her brother.

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