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Every person has a right to be respected
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Reader reviewed by Jinxie

Catherine has a problem that she is trying to control.   She has a younger brother who has autism and is trying to make up rules for him so he won't embarrass her in public.  On the other hand, she is quick to defend him when people are unkind.

A new girl, who is Catherine's age, moves in next door and Catherine desparately wants her as a friend.  At the same time, she becomes friends with another challenged young man and must deal with her feelings of liking him and being embarrassed by him. 

So how will Catherine handle these 2 situations?  Both similiar but dealing with the same issue.

This book really touches on the uncomfortable feelings anyone has, grown up or kid, when coming into contact with a mentally challenged person.  I can see where it won an award.  It really deserved it.
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A MUST Read
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Reader reviewed by Amy Ward

No toys in the fish tank."


"Chew with your mouth closed."


"Not everything worth keeping has to be useful."


"Sometimes people laugh when they like you.  But sometimes they laugh to hurt you."


These are just some of the rules Catherine has created for the day her brother is miraculously cured from autism. Catherine lives her life taking care of her younger brother and trying to keep him from embarrassing her.  When she becomes friends with Jason, a boy that can't talk and must use a wheelchair, she gains a new perspective on life and on her brother. 


I LOVED this book!  I felt for Catherine, for David, and for Jason.  I could see all perspectives.  That is why the book is so amazing.  Catherine has normal feelings, even if she knows they are wrong on some level.  The book shows that even if someone is different, they still have normal, everyday feelings, just like the rest of us.  They shouldn't be treated differently.  I like the realization that Catherine makes at the end of the book about David and about Jason. And about herself and who she wants to be.

You must read this book!!!
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Follow the Rules
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Reader reviewed by Kim Peek

When a 12-year-old girl moves in next-door, Catherine hopes life will finally seem normal.
She longs to be an ordinary girl doing regular girl things--riding her bike and swimming in the pond with her best friend. Instead, life revolves around her brother David and his autism.

To help David avoid embarrassing situations, she keeps a running list of rulesthings like: Chew with your mouth closed and If the bathroom door is closed, knock (especially if Catherine has a friend over)!

Catherine goes with her mom to David's occupational therapy sessions. In the waiting area, she meets Jason, a boy who uses a wheelchair and communicates by touching cards in his word book.

When Catherine is torn between Jason and the new girl next door, she is forced to evaluate what friendship means.

RULES is a touching story about families, friendship and fitting in. Catherine, Jason and David are just like real kids next doorthe kind of kids you fall in love with and want to shelter from the harsh world.

I read RULES in one sitting on the day it arrived; I couldnt put it down. I felt the tension and the loveand I wanted to stay in Catherines world for just a bit longer. I carried the characters around in my head and my heart for several days...and, Im not sure theyll really ever leave me.

Cynthia Lords debut novel is a must-read! I highly-recommend this magical novel that will change the way many people view the world.
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A Great Story for Teens and Middle Readers
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Reader reviewed by Amanda

Rules follows 12 year old Catherine as she goes through a life changing summer. Catherine often plays babysitter to her autistic brother, David and is quite resentful of that. She feels she is the only one that watches him well enough to prevent embarrassing disasters in public or when friends are over and has created a series of rules for David to follow so he won't "get confused." One of the most prominent rules is "no toys in the fish tank" followed by "only take your pants off if Mom or the doctor tell you to." Catherine wants David to be normal so badly that her life revolves around him and the rules.


When Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic that cannot speak, she begins realizing that maybe "normal" is harder to define than she thought. Jason surely seems normal, even if he can't talk or walk. Does that mean David, with his autism, may also be normal? Catherine spends a lot of time growing up over the course of the book, with the help of Jason and her little brother.


Catherine was such a real little girl, with feelings that I can imagine any sibling of an autistic child would feel. It is obvious she loves her brother very much and would do anything to make life easier for him, while making life easier for herself as well. The reader also gets a touch of innocent romance when Catherine starts having a little crush on Jason, telling herself that the thought alone is crazy. That part of the plot does not develop into anything major and rightfully so. I can definitely believe that this book deserved the Newbery Honor award and am so glad I picked it up finally.
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Good Lesson
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Reader reviewed by Cowgirl

"Rules" was a nice book to read. Its about a girl who has a brother that is autistic (?). Throughout the story, she learns how to deal with him, learns what real friends are, and learns to be herself. I enjoyed reading this book, however, it seemed a tad bit short, but it was still good! Enjoy!
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Reader reviewed by taylor

this book is where there is an autisim kid and he has an older sister, his name is david. david loves rules and thats the only way he actually gets things. so when his siter meets a new guy in a wheelchsir and has to try and deal with david she gets a liitle frustrated. this is a wonderfull book definitley worth reading!
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A Book Everybody Loves
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Reader reviewed by Nichole

This book is a book about a kid who has autism. His little sister and mom's whole life is devoted to making sure he's ok. Sometimes his sister gets tired of taking care of him though. She wishes that he where normal and didn't have the problems he does.

I like this book alot. The reason I started reading it is because my teacher recomended it and told the class about it. One reason I like it is because I kind of relate to it. I have a brother that is almost four years older than me and I have to babysit him on the weekends sometimes. My mom worries because he's in Special Ed and his mind is slower than everyone elses. But I don't mind at all.
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Fun!
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Reader reviewed by Cowgirl

"Rules" was a very fun book to read. The main character is dealing with her brother that is autistic, makes a new friend at OC with a boy that cant talk, learns what true friendship really is, and learns to accept who people are. This was a good book and included a nice lesson inside of it.
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