Rules is the touching story of an adolescent girl and her eight year old autistic brother. Catherine loves her little brother David, but his needs and habits are also a source of embarrassment and resentment. In an attempt to teach David proper manners and behaviors, Catherine composes a list of rules for her brother.
- If someone says "hi," you say "hi" back.
- If it's too loud, cover your ears or ask the other person to be quiet.
- No toys in the fish tank.
In Rules, Cynthia Lord writes characters in real life situations who have to adjust their actions to accommodate differently abled friends and family. I enjoyed this book for its attention to autism, friendship and family dynamics. I recommend this award winning book to Middle Grade readers and their parents.
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