Rules

Title

Rules

Authors

Cynthia Lord

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Publication Year

2006

ISBN

9780439443838

Pages

224 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"--In order to head off David's embarrassing behaviours. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of-friend, and Kristi, the potential next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behaviour that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

670L

Diversity Topics

Disability and Health; Physical disability; Developmental disability; autism; child with autism; mute; mute teenager; wheelchair user; mobility

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award, 2008, Winner, Grades 6-8
Cybils Awards, 2006, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2008, Winner
Great Lakes Great Books Award, 2008, Winner, Grades 6-8
Great Stone Face Book Award, 2008, Winner
John Newbery Medal, 2007, Honor Book
Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2008, Winner, Grades 6-8
Maine Student Book Award, 2007, Winner
Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2010, Honor Book
Mitten Award, 2006, Winner
Schneider Family Book Award, 2007, Winner, Middle School
Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2007, Winner, Multicultural and International Awareness
Voice of Youth Award, 2009, 3rd place
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2007 Ages (9 to 12)
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, Supplement, 2007
Choices, 2007 Children's Fiction
Great Middle School Reads, 2013 Who Am I If Not My Family?
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to Ninth Edition, 2007
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2006 Stories for Older Readers
Notable Books, 2007 Intermediate (Fiction)
Notable Children's Books, 2007 Middle Reader
Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts, 2007 Realistic Fiction

Keywords

rules; list; friendship; cards; embarrassment; dance; neighbors; therapy; late

Diversity Impact

direct

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