Hardcover ´ Rules Kindle Ú

Hardcover ´ Rules Kindle Ú

Rules ❰Read❯ ➯ Rules Author Cynthia Lord – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 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 stop his embarrassing behaviors But the summer Catherine meets Jason a paraplegic boy and Kristi the 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.

10 thoughts on “Rules

  1. Swee& Swee& says:

    This is a uick read I read it in about a week or so It is a VERY good book What I liked best about the book is how Cynthia Lordthe author really understands how it's like to live with people with autism I know this because she came to my school and I met her I liked how the book was about a who has the same experiences that I do having a sibling with autism I don't just recommend only people with relatives with autism to read this I recommend everyone reading it I have shared it with my Aunt because she also has a daughter with autism I would recommend this book to my friends so they could get a glimpse of what my life is like sometimes because a lot of my friends and people I see really don't understandFellow ReaderSwee'Tea

  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I've been trying to think of the best way to talk about this book I read it in a night and then forced it upon my mother who hardly ever makes the time to read and she finished it in a night Someday when my sister is ready I will have her read it too This book was so sweet and at moments heart wrenching It's a simple story about a young girl who wants to be known for herself not David's sister Her eight year old brother has autism and because of his special needs often takes the attention of their parents Catherine is in a tricky place She loves her brother so much that she regularly adds to a list of 'rules' for him things that the average person instinctively knows or learns very uickly but David needs to be taught Some of the rules are hilarious If it fits in your mouth it's food Some are heartbreaking Sometimes people laugh when they like you Sometimes they laugh to hurt you Yet as much as she cares for David he complicates her life Her parents thrust babysitting duties on her constantly her father rarely spends time with her alone but he will with David her brother is constantly embarrassing her in front of friends and neighbors To further complicate things they have a new next door neighbor who's Catherine's age and she does everything she can to hide David's behavior so that her new friend won't find out Catherine also starts up a friendship with a boy at David's therapy clinic who can only communicate by pointing at the pictures in his phrasebook It's a good story but it really was the moments between Catherine and David that struck me so much My seven year old nephew is autistic and there were so many moments that felt all too familiar Not all unpleasant but familiar One of Catherine's rules is If you don't have the words you need borrow someone else's David takes this to heart and is perpetually uoting Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad book to express how he feels and Catherine will respond back with the next line At one point Catherine is so angry at something David does that she refuses to respond to his usual line I'm sorry Frog The panic that David goes through when the usual routine is messed up broke my heart It is such a fragile sweet relationship and watching Catherine figure out who she is and importantly who she wants to be is such a nice journey I recommend this to anyone whose lives have been touched by autism or who would like to see how families deal with the day to day routines with an autistic child A beautiful story

  3. Jennifer Wardrip Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToocomYou 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 DavidDavid 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

  4. Mike Mullin Mike Mullin says:

    So I've owned this book for than a year but never gotten around to reading it When I saw it had been challenged I figured I'd read it to try to understand whyHere's why RULES got challenged some people are effing crazy This is a beautifully written touching story about a family that happens to include an autistic kid Catherine the 12 year old protagonist is portrayed realistically with a pitch perfect kid's voice She grows through the story coming to better accept the differences in the people around her The parents are loving but flawed in realistic waysEvery school library should have a copy of RULES and encourage kids to read it It would be tragic if a misguided challenge anywhere limited kids' access to this inclusive uplifting novel

  5. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    It's been a long time since I've read Rules This was the first book I ever purchased with my own money from the Scholastic book orders back when I was nine years old back when you could still get a brand new paperback novel for four bucks including tax now I feel old and the story always stood out to me For one thing it's about autism but from the standpoint of a sibling of a severely autistic child This is something which often goes ignored in fiction which is unfortunate I grew up with a severely autistic brother myself and a lot of kids don't understand the complexity of this issue or what autism is Rules also portrays autism realistically It's often comedic it's not sugar coated it isn't pandering but it also avoids harmful stereotypes as seen in Rain Man or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time It's a novel progressive for its time which also still holds up as relevant today and an inclusive story that doesn't treat disabled characters as unwanted burdens but instead as real people Rules follows Catherine your average somewhat artsy and creative twelve year old girl who is reaching her teenage years and is starting to get tired of her autistic brother's often embarrassing unconventional behaviour This includes anything from shouting bizarre stuff at the local video rental store to putting toys in the family's fish tank David her brother doesn't mean it which logically Catherine understands However her parents always dote on him and put all the attention onto him and Catherine just wants normality In one eventful summer she meets Kristi a girl her own age and Jason a paraplegic boy who uses flash cards to communicate Through these two new friends Catherine learns to overcome her own biases discover who she truly wants to be as a person and also the cost of shame something which is captured in a very emotional unforgettable way near the end of the storyWhile Rules also serves as just a great summer read for people of all ages it's also an important book that offers a startlingly realistic portrayal of a family coping with autism in a way that doesn't add to the already existing stigma of autism and that can help younger readers understand disabilities in a simple yet profound way

  6. Nancy Nancy says:

    Rules by Cynthia Lord is told from the perspective of Catherine the 12 year old sister of David an autistic 8 year old Catherine at 12 is dealing with finding a place in a family that seems to be centered around coping with David's needs for comfort and development Catherine's mom is divided between managing a home business leaving Catherine to care for David and providing David the care and developmental therapy he needs Catherine's dad seems to be mostly coping with his own difficulty with accepting the parenting cards he's been dealt and possibly with his own austistic like tendencies Neither parent though they both clearly love Catherine appears to have the emotional resources to cope with any of Catherine's issues In a sense she is expected not to have any and to participate in a semi adult capacity in therapeutic care for David Meanwhile Catherine is confronting her own normal 12 year old girl issues how far should she go against her own needs and wishes to go along with her friends who should her friends be how to cope with mean kids what to do with her summer when her best friend is away What I really like about this novel is that the characters are allowed to be complex Though Catherine's parents are in a way neglectful of her needs they aren't portrayed as bad parents so much as people coping as well as they can with a difficult situation and making some mistakes in doing so For example there are a number of times in the novel where David is waiting for his father to come home from work and take him on an outing David expects his father at five and becomes very distressed when he isn't home by five Catherine notes that while she can understand that her father is characteristically late David can't Reading this I couldn't help but wonder though Catherine didn't wouldn't one think her father could be expected to control his tendency to be late in this instance rather than repeatedly distress his son and force his daughter to cope with this distress on a regular basis? Why is it that Catherine can understand how difficult it is for David to cope with his father's lateness but her father can't? Another good example is in Catherine's new neighbor Kristie a girl Catherine would like to be friends with but whom she immediately senses will be much `cooler' than she is Kristie it turns out isn't a mean girl and it's clear she's dealing with her own issues but she probably isn't going to be real friend material for Catherine I also liked Catherine's relationship with Jason a wheel chair bound boy about her own age She is attracted to him but isn't sure she wants to take on relationships complicated by disability Jason though unable to communicate without the use of written cards and symbols manages to be a pretty real adolescent He isn't perfect he sulks and can be manipulative Still the reader can see why Catherine might find him compelling If there is anything that seems unrealistic about the book it is that Catherine is maybe too understanding She pretty much accepts that her parents aren't able to be there for her emotionally as much as she might like them to be and is for the most part willing to accept what they can offer She accepts her disappointment that new neighbor is probably not going to be a good fit for her as a friend without hating her She is able to accept that a friendship with Jason is going to be complicated Most of all she loves her brother with all of his limitations while understanding that if she could turn him into a normal boy she would Rules is actually a pretty upbeat book In general Catherine seems secure and confident in her ability to handle problems Although she is coping with a number of issues she clearly loves her family has friends she cares about and interests and talents outside the scope of caring forworrying about her brother and is absolutely free of self pity This would probably be a great book for young adolescents coping with family issues I highly recommend it This review is also posted at

  7. Moe Moe says:

    I love when teachers make you read books that you can't choose to read I guess that its good for kids who don't read at all But hate to break it to you this bookSuckedIf they're trying to get kids to read you just made it sure they won't read another word except pizza or video gamesI can not believe I am wasting my precious time on this book Go and read it See what I mean Out of all the fabulous books like Harry Potter or Hunger Games they had to pick a book about a girl who can't stand her autistic little brother Big deal What about action packed books about wizards fighting dark sorceries? Or corrupt dictators putting 24 tributes in the wilderness and only one can come out? We learn from those books not from ones that talk about a girl that likes drawing with her stupid colored pencils when her brother is at the clinic The only thing I got from this horrible pointless rusty tin can of a book is that public education is going downhill

  8. Cyn Cyn says:

    45 rounded upIt's difficult having a brother with autism and sometimes 12 year old Catherine wants out Oops I did it againI let books mess with my heartGot lost in the gameOh baby babyI love the characters in this story

  9. Victoria Croteau Victoria Croteau says:

    Victoria Croteau28 September 2016B3Although the assignment due was to write a feminist book review the book I read had really nothing to do with feminism at all In Rules by Cynthia Lord the main focus is on the main character Catherine and how she gets through simple day to day tasks with her autistic brother David by her side In the beginning Catherine explains how her brother does not understand a lot of things that may come naturally to most For example David’s father always tells him that he will be home by five David takes this uite literally When his father does not show up exactly on time he begins to cry and throw a tantrum Catherine has to explain to her brother “Late doesn’t mean not coming”Lord 39 Throughout the book Catherine is teaching her brother new rules and reminding him of old ones When a new neighbor and potential friend Kristi moves in next door Catherine becomes even consistent with making sure the rules are followed hoping that her brother will not embarrass her David goes to therapy once a week and while waiting for him she meets a new friend Jason and they soon become very close Jason cannot speak and uses cards to communicate with people Since Catherine is good at art Jason’s mother asks her to make and decorate him some new cards Jason shows his appreciation for the cards by saying “Thank you Catherine New Words”Lord 74 With David Jason and even Kristi getting close to her she learns many lessons from them and becomes a little comfortable with the thought of autism and its effects I really enjoyed this book overall especially since I have an autistic brother so I could definitely relate to Catherine at some points Other times I kind of felt as if she overreacted to the situation Taking into consideration that I also have an autistic brother I kept thinking about what I would have done differently if it were me with my brother For example when Catherine went over to invite the new neighbors to a barbecue and David shrieked when he saw a bee she uickly said to the neighbor “Oh look at the time sorry gotta go”Lord 63 Even at the age of 12 I still knew how to react to a situation like this especially growing up where little things like that happened all the time The story captured how a person would react if they had just met the autistic person but Catherine had known her brother almost her entire life Maybe this would have been different if Catherine was a boy because boys seem to have that “carefree” attitude when it comes to stuff like that With all that being said I still believe that the book had a good representation of autism as a whole and had some pretty good scenarios in it I would recommend reading this book if you would like to learn about autism or even just as a fun uick read

  10. Jim Jim says:

    Rules by author Cynthia Lord is a touching look at the life of a young girl Catherine who's coping with the conflicting emotions of living with her autistic brother David And I was coping with the conflicting emotions of annoyance and boredom of reading this book Catherine a normal 12 year old girl has a huge role and responsibility in the care taking of her autistic brother David Catherine must balance the love and the responsibility she feels for David with the embarrassment and resentment that comes along with having a family member with autism To help David Catherine has written a set of 'rules' that he must follow in order to help him keep his anxiety under control and to keep him in check in social situations At one of David's therapy sessions Catherine meets a non speaking boy in a wheelchair named Jason and takes a sympathetic liking to him She helps Jason build a vocabulary of index cards with words that he can point to and help him express his thoughts But when Jason asks Catherine to a summer dance she is torn between showing him friendship or embarrassing herself in front of her new friend Kris Catherine is faced with a moral decision between what type of person she wants to be And honestly I didn't care much by the end of the storyRules has some great and touching moments and does a pretty good job at showing the conflict siblings must feel having a family member with a disability At first the story took on the feel of an overly dramatic teenage brat who wanted everyone to feel sorry for her But as I kept reading I decided it was an honest look at what people actually go through But Lord's annoying style of writing in 1st person present tense and her propensity of inventing not so clever overly hyphenated but extremely distracting adjectives really got on my nerves I think this book has merit but it is going to be put on my almost good but somehow manages to bore the crap out of me shelf

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