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Rules by Cynthia Lord
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Feb 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: newbery-winner, young-adult
Read in October, 2011

This 2007 Newbery Honor book is a gem! Like many YA books, the situations are difficult.

Twelve year old Catherine loves, but resents, her young autistic brother David. At times she is patient, yet there are many instances when she is at her wits end and embarrassed by his obsessive, erratic behaviors.

When Kristi, a popular, attractive girl moves into the neighborhood, Catherine wants to be her friend and longs for "normal" family.

Complications arise when Catherine meets Jason at her brother's occupational therapy office. Wheel chair bound with an inability to speak, Catherine befriends Jason and teaches him the power of writing and words. Soon she learns that he is the one who is teaching her regarding some very important lessons about life, acceptance and love.

Wanting to embrace both her brother and Jason, while hiding them from her new friend Kristi is very problematic.

The author beautifully weaves a wonderful tale of the definition of friendship, family and sensitivity.

Highly recommended.

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