Cynthia Lord
This 2007 Newbery Honor Book is a humorous and heartwarming debut about feeling different and finding acceptance. Now in After Words paperback!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 head off David's embarrassing behaviors.But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, 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?


Reviewed: 2016-08-16

Rules by Cynthia Lord was a fantastic book. I highly recommend this book and I think the author did a great job of fully developing the characters, especially Catherine, David and Jason to make the reader feel as though you really knew them. This book focuses on a lot of key themes that middle school students struggle with on a daily basis such as acceptance, being kind to one another, and not worrying what others might think of you. Because of these strong coming of age themes, I think this book would lend itself to sixth and seventh grade readers. Middle schoolers can relate to this text because of how the main character, Catherine, frequently deals with issues of embarrassment and fear of others judging her and not liking her. The style of writing and dialogue and description is engaging and appropriate for middle school. I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it to others. 

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