The Rules of Survival
Penguin Young Readers Group
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.
Family Relationships; Divorce; Family violence; Legal guardianship; divorced parents; abusive mother; aunt raising nephew; aunt raising nieces
single mother; aunt
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
letter; father figure; self-help; escape
Werlin, Nancy, "The Rules of Survival" (2008). Diverse Families. 1100.