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Rules by Cynthia Lord

April 3rd, 2006 (01:00 pm)
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Cynthia Lord's debut novel RULES is a tender look at adolescence and autism. Through the eyes of 12 year old Catherine, we see how her little brother's autism touches each of her family members in different ways: her mother is caring, her father is distant, and Catherine is both his sister and his teacher. No matter what happens, she tries to teach David rules to make sure he knows the do's and don'ts of life.

Then Catherine meets two kids her age who are about to change the rules: Kristi, the new girl next door who she is in awe of immediately, and Jason, a paraplegic who she meets while waiting for her brother to finish an Occupational Therapy (OT) session. Kristi could be the cool best friend Catherine has always wanted. Jason turns out to be the friend she never expected.

Rules is both compassionate and honest. It was a pleasant read due to the warm narrative and the honesty of the afflictions, emotions, and relationships. By allowing Catherine room for error, for apologies, and for acceptance, the young protagonist is very likable and relatable. Like the equally outstanding TRU CONFESSIONS by Janet Tashjian, I recommend RULES to young kids and families alike in hopes of encouraging acceptance and compassion.

Read my interview with Cynthia Lord.


Posted by: cynthialord (cynthialord)
Posted at: March 15th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)

Thank you so much :-)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 15th, 2006 07:54 am (UTC)

You are welcome!

Posted by: allaboutm_e (allaboutm_e)
Posted at: March 16th, 2006 09:43 am (UTC)
Veronica -- cute!

Elizabeth at MG really liked it as well!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 16th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)

It's very cute. I liked it better than AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS, and it is on par with TRU CONFESSIONS. That reminds me - I still have to read THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.

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