New York : Scholastic, 2006
IL 3-6, RL 4.5
If someone says “Hi”, say “Hi”
Some rules keep us safe, some
don’t always seem necessary, and some can usually go without saying
Catherine takes care of her little brother who’s autistic, by writing down important rules like these ones and protecting him when other kids make fun of him. Still, she wants to be a normal kid; make friends with the girl next door and go with a boy to the summer dance. NOT necessarily go with her brother to his occupational therapy appointments.
But, while she’d there she finds an unlikely friend. Jason can only communicate by pointing to word cards in a notebook, but he doesn’t really have useful words like “whatever” and “sucks a big one,” so Catherine makes him more.
She enjoys getting to know Jason, but would it ruin her chances of being a “normal” 12-year-old if she tells other people about him? (Stella Shafer, MLIS student, iSchool, University of Washington)
"No toys in the fish tank." “A boy takes off his shirt to swim, but not his shorts.” These are some of the many rules 12-year-old Catherine has for her autistic younger brother, David, to help him cope with others. Catherine loves her brother but is frustrated dealing with his autism. His needs always come first in the family. While attending David’s therapy sessions Catherine meets Jason, a boy who can only talk using cards. This opens a whole new world for Catherine. (Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards nominee, 2008-2009)
"No toys in the fish tank", and "If someone says hi, say hi back". Catherine takes care of her brother David who is autistic by writing some of these rules for him. She doesn't mind helping, but she wants to be a normal 12 year old girl and not go to David's occupational therapy meetings in the summer. But while she is there, she meets a very interesting boy while sketching in the waiting room. His name is Jason and he is also in a wheelchair and can only communicate by pointing to cards with pictures. Jason doesn't have cards with funny slang words on them like, 'whatever' and 'sucks a big one' so she makes Jason some more cards. She has a dance this summer and needs a date, but does she want to take a chance and risk being that 'normal 12-year old girl' for a boy? (Emily Manis, firstname.lastname@example.org, college student)
“Most people say if you tell
a wish it won’t come true. But I don’t think wishes work like that.
I don’t believe there’s some bad tempered wish fairy with a clipboard,
checking off whether or not you’ve told…. But it’s a long shot I’ll get
my wish, so even if there is a fairy in charge of telling, it won’t matter.”
But the day I drew a boy from
the therapy center, I didn’t expect what would happen next.
To find out what happened to me that summer, read Rules, a contemporary realistic fiction novel, written by Cynthia Lord. (Mellissa McCants, email@example.com, college student)
“No toys in the fish tank”
“Sometimes people laugh when they like you. But sometimes they laugh to hurt you.”
“If someone says Hi, you say
These are simple rules to most people, but not for Catherine’s younger brother David, who is autistic. 12 year old Catherine longs for a ‘normal’ childhood including friends and not to be embarrassed by her brother. But what is ‘normal’ really anyways? Find out how Catherine grows and tries to remain a normal childhood while having an autistic brother in this contemporary realistic fiction novel “Rules” written by Cynthia Lord. (Brittany Marietta, firstname.lastname@example.org, college student)
Autism -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
People with disabilities -- Fiction.