Rules, Cynthia Lord's Newbery and ALA Award-winning debut novel, is a tender look at the frustration, struggle, devotion, and hope experienced by families with autistic children. Catherine, a 12-year-old girl with big responsibilities, loves her autistic younger brother David and makes lists of rules she thinks will help him get by. But she often feels that her parents, focused on special care for David, forget that she exists, too. "... this sensitive story is about being different, feeling different, and finding acceptance."-School Library Journal
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by Cynthia Lord
"RULES is a timely story of three special children--one autistic, one physically challenged, and one who is coping with both. Jessica Almasy easily steps up to the task and slips from character to character with ease. Catherine, the protagonist, sister to autistic David, is done especially well. Her stream-of-consciousness thoughts are resonant, and listeners can effortlessly embrace her struggles. Adult voices are clearly differentiated from the preteens', allowing keen visualization of Catherine's struggle to separate herself from her parents' expectations. Her friendship with a physically challenged boy compounds her dilemma of what she believes is socially acceptable versus what she knows in her heart is true. Almasy truly does justice to this lovely Newbery honor novel. D.L.M. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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