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Rules by Cynthia Lord
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Aug 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s, childhood, autism, brothers, contemporary, families, friendship, girls, sixth-grade
Read in January, 2010

** spoiler alert ** It's hard being the bigger sister of a brother who is autistic. With busy parents and few friends, the main character, Catherine, has more responsibilities to take care of him so creates a set of rules that are really very helpful and prevent confusion. "No toys in the fish tank" is one that is rarely followed with comical results. Catherine makes friends with two very different people-- a boy who is unable to communicate without special word cards at Michael's occupational rehab appointments, and a girl next door who is cool and pretty. How she balances her life at the risk of sounding selfish is the story.

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