With Catherine, saying she has a normal life doesn’t fit. She has a brother, David with a disablity, and it seems the whole wide world gives David the attention. Catherine has been trying to teach David rules like “don’s stand in front 0f the tv while other people are watching it” and “Say thank you when someone gives you a present (even if you don’t like it)” to protect herself, her family and David from the whispers and stares. But when she meets Kristi, the new, perfect neighbor that she had always wanted, and a paraplegic boy named Jason. And when she has a sudden change in behavior, she has to try to learn how to act around these people.
Praise for Rules by Cynthia Lord:
“A heartwarming first novel” — Booklist
“Catherine is an endearing narrator who tells her story with both humor and heartbreak. A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter.” — School Library Journal
Newbery Honor Medal
Schneider Family Book Award
ALA Notable Children’s Book