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Rules by Cynthia Lord


by Cynthia Lord

In this Newbery Honor book, twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life, which is nearly impossible because of 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 stop his embarrassing behavior. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask, “What is normal?”


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