Rulesby Cynthia Lord
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- Grades: 4 - 7
- Ages: 9 - 13
Wonderfully written with both humor and heartache, this Newbery Honor winner captures the struggle of a young girl longing to be like everybody else.
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- No toys in the fish tank.
- Open closet doors carefully. Sometimes things fall out.
- Late doesn’t mean not coming.
- Some people think they know who you are, when really they don’t.
Catherine desperately wants a normal brother, a normal family, and a normal life. But can rules make everything better?
When Catherine meets Jason, a wheelchair-bound teen who can communicate only through a word book, their friendship surprises her. Even more surprising is Catherine’s discomfort at having a friend with severe disabilities. Why does she always worry about what other people think? Does she have a rule to change her own behavior? Or will her relationship with Jason fall apart?
An honest and astute exploration of how a special needs child can impact a family dynamic – and how accepting differences can benefit all.
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"Catherine is an appealing and believable character, acutely self-conscious and torn between her love for her brother and her resentment of his special needs. Middle-grade readers will recognize her longing for acceptance and be intrigued by this exploration of dealing with differences."