DIVerse Families
 
The Rules of Survival

Title

The Rules of Survival

Authors

Nancy Werlin

Publisher

Penguin Young Readers Group

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9780142410714

Pages

304 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Divorce; Family violence; Legal guardianship; divorced parents; abusive mother; aunt raising nephew; aunt raising nieces

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother; aunt

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2006, Finalist, Young Adult Fiction
Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2006, Finalist, Young Adult Fiction
National Book Award, 2006, Finalist, Young People's Literature

Keywords

letter; father figure; self-help; escape

Diversity Impact

direct

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