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Rules by Cynthia Lord
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Apr 22, 10

bookshelves: spring-challenge, social-issues, young-adult, library-books
Recommended to BJ Rose by: spring challenge
Read on March 20, 2010

Catherine makes simple rules for her autistic brother David to remind him of what she considers the basic and important rules of public behavior.

I particularly liked the idea that this book is told from the viewpoint of a young teen with an autistic sibling. Catherine just wants to be able to hang out with her friends, and have uninterrupted conversations, but too often she has to be the caretaker for her brother "just for an hour" or "just for the afternoon", and her frustration and anger war with her genuine love for David.

This book is an excellent reminder that the genuine needs of the 'low maintenance' child are too often lost sight of in a family that is struggling to meet the needs of the 'high maintenace' special-needs child.
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