Synopsis: Twelve-year old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David the rules from “a peach is not a funny-looking apple” to “keep your pants on in public” – in order to head off David’s embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend who is in a wheel chair and uses a device to communicate, and Kristi, the potential next-door friend she’s always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?
From Rules author Cynthia Lord, “I hope that meeting David and Jason in Rules will help readers to have less fear and more understanding toward the people with disabilities in their own communities and schools.”
"Cynthia Lord’s book, Rules, has a far-reaching message for our entire school community as well as the community at-large. The message is one that is consistent with Rochester Community Schools respect code in that all individuals are entitled to be treated equitably. Education increases awareness, understanding and promotes human dignity." – Michael Behrmann, Executive Director of Elementary Education, Rochester Community Schools