Rules (Scholastic Gold)

Rules (Scholastic Gold)

by Cynthia Lord

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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, 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545666206
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 107,926
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules, a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Half a Chance and A Handful of Stars. She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and is the author of the Shelter Pet Squad chapter book series. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at

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Rules 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 266 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book out there. It will make you laugh, cry, and think about what is really important in life. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Thibook gave such a great message! Especially for 9-13 year olds. I have never read a book and had such a great comprehension so easily. Deffinatly read this book!
tplayer2008 More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Catherine. Her brother, David, is autistic and she doesn't like that he gets special treatment. Catherine feels her life isn't ever normal with David always ruining everything somehow so Catherine makes rules for him. Over the summer a girl named Kristi moves in next door to Catherine. They become friends but Catherine stops telling Kristi the full truth about a boy named Jason at the clinic her brother goes to. Jason is in a wheelchair and can't talk so he points to word cards to communicate. Catherine works hard making more word cards for Jason and starts to get feelings for him. When Kristi asks Catherine to the dance the community center is holding and tells her she should bring Jason, Catherine comes up with many excuses why she can't go. In the end she ends up going hoping Jason will show up after they had some issues at his birthday party. I thought this book was really good and had a great theme. This is a great book to read and it is pretty short. You should really check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 9 year old girl and this book was great!!! It was Interesting, sad, and happy at the same time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter looked at this book in the store (she is almost 10 years old) and turned her nose up but I put it in the basket because I liked the subject matter and because I wanted to read it myself! We wound up starting it together and then she read it on her own. She is now writing a report for school about it. She also recommended it to her friend and they are discussing the book as her friend reads which is a first. Very exciting to see my daughter so enraptured!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have an autistic cousin and was able to make some interesting connections
Agirl2000 More than 1 year ago
RULES is a great book that, teaches us lessons, lets us see others perspectives, and introduces us to characters just like our selfs! If you're looking for a fun and easy read, you should read RULES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
debsull More than 1 year ago
Rules is an interesting book about a 12 year old girl named Catherine and her relationship with her autistic brother, David. Catherine feels as if all of her family life revolves around David. All Catherine has ever wanted is to be normal and have everyone treat David normally. It bothers Catherine when she sees people starring at David, or even worse, completely ignoring him. Everything changes when a girl named Kristi moves in next-door and when Catherine meets a mute boy named Jason with a communication book and a wheelchair. Find out how things change for Catherine over the summer because of her friendships with Kristi and Jason. Rules has many positives. The first is that every chapter begins with a different rule and then describes a situation to which that rule applies. Second, the book shows that people with special needs are just the same as everyone else. Third, the characters of Catherine, David, and Jason were really likeable and inspirational. The book did have some negatives though. The ending was not that satisfying. It didn't seem like the book had ended and I was craving more to the story. Also, the character of Kristi was not a favorite of mine because Catherine was hoping for a neighbor that might be her best friend, but that's not who Kristi turned out to be. Overall, Rules had many more positives than negatives for me and it was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I really liked the writing style of the author because it was simple and easy to comprehend. Cynthia Lord used the first person point of view and told the story from Catherine's perspective. This point of view was helpful in understanding Catherine's feelings and thoughts. I also liked the author's writing style because it was clear and the author did not use a lot of big complicated words. The writing style of the author of Rules made it easy to understand and appreciate everything that was going on in the story. I would definitely recommend this book. One of it's main themes, that people who have special needs are the same as the rest of us, is important, especially for kids our age to recognize. The characters were inspirational, especially Jason who couldn't speak or walk, but was a true friend to Catherine and a strong person who overcame many obstacles. Some other novels I'd recommend are Touch Blue, also written by Cynthia Lord. Touch Blue is about a young girl that tries to save the little harbor in her town from careless boaters that are polluting it. Another book that I would recommend is Powerless by Matthew Cody, which is about an ordinary boy that moves to a new town, meets some new friends that have superpowers and learns that you don't have to have superpowers to be a true hero. I enjoyed reading Rules and would recommend it as an interesting read for older elementary kids to young adults. I look forward to reading Cynthia Lord's next book, Touch Blue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More than words
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well i would say this is a pretty good book. Not the best but good i guess. It did teach a great lesson but im in need of a thrll seaking book. A book that makes you never want to stop reading it. I also felt that the end was disapointing. I really with there was a second book of Rules because this left me on a cliff haner. I recomwnt this book the kids becauwe it gives a good leson. This is Bluemonster15 with a book talk, see you on the web!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book (parent) and my daughter definitely liked it a lot. The characters are great and the situations and interactions are so true to life that the book was able to bring up difficult issues involving special needs children without being preachy. It was very relatable and I highly recommend this book. Kids will like it, parents will like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this this book so much .it really helps me think about how other people feel . The author uses descriptive words to create a realistic setting and realistic characters anybody can relate to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it very enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book at least 3 times. So great!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
paperbackjunkie59 More than 1 year ago
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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't really like reading, but I enjoyed reading this book.
TheBlossomingCherry More than 1 year ago
This book truly paints a picture in you head. It's heart warming,funny,interesting, and a little sad all wrapped in one.
DreamofGina More than 1 year ago
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.