Rules (Scholastic Gold) (Paperback)
Reviewed by Aliyah M:
Rules is about a 12 year old girl named Catherine and how she wants a normal life. But that is kind of impossible because her brother David has autism that makes him feel the need to follow or obey everything that someone tells him to or every rule they make up. Catherine makes up some rules for him to follow like “no toys in the fish tank”. The challenge she is facing is that it is up to her to make up rules for him to follow because her mom does not have time to.
I love Rules because the genre is realistic fiction so if you like to read realistic fiction then you will love Rules. This book is full of friendship and trying to do your best. Rules is a sad and happy book at the same time. The author Cynthia Lord did an amazing job explaining how Catherine feels in the position she is in. I feel that ages 9 and up will like this book.
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 behaviors.
But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, 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?
About the Author
Newbery Honor book
Schneider Family Book Award
ALA Notable Book Selection
"Catherine is an endearing narrator who tells her story with both humor and heartbreak... A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter." -- School Library Journal