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Rules by Cynthia Lord

Reviewed by Annika Bhatia

The book “Rules,” written by Cynthia Lord, is about a sweet sibling relationship between 12-year-old Catherine and her younger brother David, who has autism. Catherine is sometimes embarrassed by her younger brother’s actions, and has set some rules that he needs to follow, like “knock on the bathroom door before going in” and “no putting toys in the fish tank.” But that summer, when Catherine meets Jason, a boy who uses a wheelchair and is nonverbal, and Kristi, the best friend next door that she’s always wanted, she starts to question what she thinks is normal. This book is recommended for ages 10 and up, and shows that not everyone’s version of “normal” is the same.

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