DIVerse Families
 
The Rules of Survival

Title

The Rules of Survival

Authors

Nancy Werlin

Publisher

Penguin Young Readers Group

Pages

304 pages

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9780142410714

Genre

realism

Topic

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

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

Family Formation

single mother; aunt

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

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

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

The Rules of Survival

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