Rules (Hardcover)

By Cynthia Lord

Scholastic Press, 9780439443821, 208pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2006

Other Editions of This Title:
Prebound (9/1/2008)
Prebound (9/1/2008)
Paperback, Chinese (4/1/2010)
Hardcover, Large Print, Large Print (6/1/2007)
Paperback (3/1/2008)
Hardcover (12/1/2008)
Paperback, Chinese (7/13/2007)

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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 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?

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

Praise For Rules

Praise for RULES
A Newbery Honor book, Schneider Family Book Award, ALA Notable

"Catherine is an endearing narrator who tells her story with both humor and heartbreak. . . . A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter." -- School Library Journal