Rules (Scholastic Gold) (Paperback)

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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. 

— From Palouse Prairie Student Book Reviews


Rules joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!

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

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules, a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Half a Chance and A Handful of Stars. She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and is the author of the Shelter Pet Squad chapter book series. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at

Praise For…

Praise for Rules:

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780439443838
ISBN-10: 0439443830
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publication Date: September 2008
Pages: 224
Language: English