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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

You can always tell when you're reading a book that has a basis in truth. With RULES, author Cynthia Lord writes about what it's like to live with autism, and she should know, since she has an autistic child.

That ring of truth is there, in every word, when yo...
You can always tell when you're reading a book that has a basis in truth. With RULES, author Cynthia Lord writes about what it's like to live with autism, and she should know, since she has an autistic child.

That ring of truth is there, in every word, when you read the story of twelve-year old Catherine and her autistic younger brother, David.David hates loud noises. If there's a cloud in the sky, he has to take his red umbrella with him. If his dad says he'll be home at five o'clock, David starts going crazy at five-oh-one. He likes to rewind his movie of Thomas the Tank Engine to his favorite part, over and over and over again. His favorite place to visit is the video store, where he'll even lay on the floor to read the back of the movie box a stranger is holding in his hand. And he knows all the words to Arnold Lobel's FROG AND TOAD.

For Catherine, though, it's a much different story. She hates the way people stare at her brother, or even worse, refuse to look at him at all. She's jealous of the time David gets to spend, one-on-one, with their pharmacist father. She hates David's rules, the strict adherence to which he is obsessed with them, and yet she makes new rules for him every time she thinks of something else he needs to know.

Catherine copes by drawing, and one day she decides to draw the boy in the wheelchair who is in the waiting room with her at Occupational Therapy. David goes there once a week to work with a therapist, and so does the boy who doesn't speak but instead uses a book of word cards to communicate. When Catherine offers to make Jason, the boy in the wheelchair, some new cards with pictures, an unlikely friendship is born. Catherine is also excited about Kristi, her new next-door neighbor, but soon finds out that friendship is a complicated matter.

How do you protect a brother that often annoys you? How can you be friends with the beautiful girl next door and yet be ashamed to admit your friend Jason doesn't talk and is in a wheelchair? How do you make your father understand that you matter, too? How do you tell your mother that even though David needs his own words, Frog and Toad is a special communication between a brother and sister that love each other? RULES isn't just a book about autism, but rather a look into the complexities of a family relationship. An excellent read for anyone who has ever had to deal with someone who is just a little bit different than everyone else.

posted by TeensReadToo on November 14, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

GREAT READ!

I enjoyed "Rules" very much, it was very hard to put down. This is a book for boys and girls ages 8-13. Catherine, a 12yr old girl is trying to get a normal life. That is very hard with David, her brother who has autism. All the attention in the house goes right to him...
I enjoyed "Rules" very much, it was very hard to put down. This is a book for boys and girls ages 8-13. Catherine, a 12yr old girl is trying to get a normal life. That is very hard with David, her brother who has autism. All the attention in the house goes right to him. Catherine is always giving him rules to follow such as "NO TOYS IN THE FISH TANK!" When Catherine meets Jason, a boy at one of David's classes who cant speak and is in a wheelchair,they get along very well. One day, her neighbor asks if Jason and she would like to go to a dance. Catherine is very embarrased to be with Jason other than in Davids classes. What happens next? Read the book to find out.

posted by 575299 on February 25, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Class

    I read this book in my 6th grad class and everyone loved it but a few people hated it but i think that he have no tatse in books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    i really did not like this book it was really bad

    i really did not like this book it was really bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

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    Wich ever one i get to first. But if not aphordite

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    A MESSAGE TO CREON

    Look son, I AM VERY MAD AT YOU HOW COULD YOU K?ILL OUR PEOPLE WELL GIVE YOU ONE MORE CHANCE OR ZUES WILL BREAK YOU! SO, BEHAVE FOR ME SON, LOVE FROM YOUR FATHER, POSIEDON.......

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 18, 2014

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    Posted April 18, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Great Book

    Read this book at least 3 times. So great!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    awesome book!

    This is a awesome book! It sounds sad,i know but it is not that sad. Sometimes you feel a little bad for catherine, but thats it. I read the whole book aready in school. The book was so interesting and full of suspence i read it durning class! You should totaly read this book! It is one of my favorite books ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    I would recommend this book to all readers who enjoy books that

    I would recommend this book to all readers who enjoy books that contain characters who have disorders or issues.  However, if you cy easily at sad parts of books, then you might want to be ery careful while reading this book because while it is a GREAT book, it does also have some very sad parts to it.  I hope that everyone that reads this book loves it as much as I did!!!!!!  :D     :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    To 16 higly reccomended

    David is younger if u want 2 chat i will be @ percy jackson res1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Amazing

    This book was great.In the beginning all she cared about was her self but in the end she learns that people with disabilites are just like us.Shes learned to have patience for her brother and to see the beauty on the inside of people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    This really poorly written

    Its a good idea but the book was terrible. The main character was obnoxius and her nieghbor was flat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Poop Soup

    Ha. Made you look. What bait did I use? A straaaaange title!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Read this book in sixth grade. Though I am a junior now, I do ac

    Read this book in sixth grade. Though I am a junior now, I do acknowledge the impact it had on my eleven year old life. I remember being able to relate to it and loving the story.
    I wouldn't read it if you are out of middle school, but that's perhaps a given since it is 8 - 12 and thus that is the age range I will judge it by. 
    This book tells a great story and really got me into reading, so give it to your children! They will love it! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Love it

    I had to read this for our monthly book club at my school. I wanted more at the end! Please make a sequel!! I fell in love with Jason. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    I don't really like reading, but I enjoyed reading this book.

    I don't really like reading, but I enjoyed reading this book.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    This book truly paints a picture in you head. It's heart warming

    This book truly paints a picture in you head. It's heart warming,funny,interesting, and a little sad all wrapped in one.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    Surprisingly Great Read

    I read this book as a required reading assignment for my son's summer reading. How surprised I was when I actually related to the story!

    Sometimes you can stand in the middle of a room and still not be seen. This story did a great job of telling just how that feels. It also touched on the subject of how every one of us wants to be accepted by someone. It seems to underscore our personal worth.

    I loved the detail and the author's interview at the end. I would recommend this book for sure.

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