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Catherine, a 12-year-old girl with big responsibilities, loves her autistic younger brother David and makes lists of rules she thinks will help him get by. But she often feels that her parents, focused on special care for David, forget that she exists, too. Rules, Cynthia Lord's Newbery and ALA Award-winning debut novel, is a tender look at the frustration, struggle, devotion, and hope experienced by families with autistic children.
©2006 Cynthia Lord (P)2007 Recorded Books
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Newbery Honor Book, 2007

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 03-07-09

A Necessary Read

I use this for a read-aloud each year to my Grade 8's. Such important messages in this book. Having taught special needs students before, this connects with me deeply to the point that I'm able to share my own experiences with kids like David and Jason. I find that I like to actually read it myself because I emphasize Jason's "touching" in his binder of words as an effect. The book is on my Mac for my struggling readers to enjoy during the year. You must read this - and get this - if you teach middle-schoolers.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca Slattery on 06-02-15

Loved it. Very heart warming.

Listened to this book at the recommendation of my 10 year old daughter. Story pulled at hear strings on a couple of occasions. Well written and worth your time.

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