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Rules

Lord, Cynthia (Large Print - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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 a young paraplegic.
Authors: Lord, Cynthia
Title: Rules
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007
Characteristics: 191 p. (large print) ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Cynthia Lord
Summary: 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 a young paraplegic.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Honor Book, 2007
ISBN: 9780786295593
0786295597
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE j LORD
Subject Headings: Autism Juvenile fiction Brothers and sisters Juvenile fiction People with disabilities Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Large type books
Topical Term: Autism
Brothers and sisters
People with disabilities
LCCN: 2007004954
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Apr 07, 2014
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 03, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this very much. Very satisfying read.

I recommend this book for reading because it brings insight on people with autism and sister and brothers of those with it. The view if from the siblings who know how it feels to deal with frustrations, the good and the bad of dealing with those that have autism. The book is very simple and very easy to read and understand. This is an example of really world characters. This would be a great book to introduce sibling relationships and also disabilities. The personal and passion for the way the story is told makes real life connections not only to the author but the readers as well.

Mar 10, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I highly recommend this book because it touches a really sensitive topic, Autism. As adults we try to deal with different situations and sometimes we forget that our children have to deal with the same issues. I love the way this book portraits Catherine in her search to understand how to deal with her brother’s autism. The point of view that Catherine provides in the book has a profound message of understanding and love. This book has given me a deep understanding in how families with a disable member live, and how they thrives everyday making the best of life. This book is for anyone whose lives have been touched by autism or who would like to see how families deal with the day to day routines with an autistic child. A beautiful story!

Cynthia Lord captures the delicate dynamics in a family that revolves around a child's disability. I would definitely recommend this book for students because of how it is about being different and finding acceptance. It is a warm read and a great discussion starter for the class.

“Rules”, by Cynthia Lord is a book about a girl name Catherine and her brother David who struggles through life with autism. Catherine overcomes several obstacles when she learns more about her brother’s situation. This book is very interesting, eye-opening, happy, and unfortunately sad, all in one. I would definitely recommend this book to teachers and parents as a read aloud for children or as some kind of anticipatory set for a good lesson.

I recommend this book to any parent, teacher, or caregiver, of an autistic child. This book makes you realize what is really important in life, and how to handle certain situations appropriately. This book is at the same time sad, funny, and will make you smile as well. I think this is a great book for anyone who is just misunderstood and knows what it feels like to have to go through struggles. Catherine is the sister of David, who has autism, and the story is told through her eyes, and the struggles she went through and overcame as she learned more about her brother.

Feb 16, 2013
  • sweetpea916 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book that helps you understand struggles of an autistic child and his family. Helps to understand how an autistic child doesn't always get rules and needs things to always be on a schedule. Great read!

Dec 11, 2012
  • lakevilla_IDOL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful book, a tear-jerker at some points but deffinitely a great book to read. I think this book helps children better understand all the struggles an autistic child has and all the family has to go through them. Even to the siblings in the family it is very hard on them, like in this story Catherine has to tell her brother to stop doing things he is not supposed to be doing. This character, Catherine is embrassed. But in the end she learns what really matters to her and what doesn't.

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Jan 07, 2014
  • white_sheep_143 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

white_sheep_143 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

Nov 06, 2013
  • blue_cheetah_36560724 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 20, 2013
  • red_gazelle_10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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jazmjoh thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

Mar 10, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 11, 2012
  • black_cheetah_202 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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.

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.

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.

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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"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."

Mar 10, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

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

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

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

"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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Mar 10, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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