RulesBook - 2006
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 his embarrassing behaviours. 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?
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LPL_Childrens Jun 10, 2015
The main character's brother has autism in this award-winning novel.
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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."
“Saying you will do something means you have to do it – unless you have a very good excuse”
“I wish everyone had the same chances," I say. "Because it stinks a big one that they don't." - Catherine”
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Catherine has been wishing for a normal life for years. It's never came true since his brother, David has Autism. Everybody stares at them especially at the video store when David looks at a video and then announces everything that's on the back of the video - who can't stare at that? But, things are starting to change when Catherine gets a new neighbour, a stylish pretty girl named Kristi and she meets a cute boy with a wheelchair and can't talk named Jason. She wants both of them to be her friend, since her old friend Melissa moved away to another state, but its almost impossible when Kristi gets a boyfriend named Ryan, a boy that Catherine hates so much, David getting in the way all the time, Catherine having to always attend David's OT (Occupational Therapy), and Catherine helping and visiting Jason. She has to choose either Kristi or Jason, but decides to choose both which ends up in a challenging and messy schedule. Will Catherine face the challenges and get both friends? Or will she try to face the challenges, but fail and lose both friends? Read this book to find out more about Catherine's tough life.
Catherine is the older sister of David. David has autism. Catherine feels neglected by her parents, who are more focused on David and his disabilty. Catherine makes rules for her brother to make sure that he knows what to do and what not to do. Kristi moves next door and friends another person with a disability. It is established that normal is hard and accepting others is more important.
Catherine, twelve years old, tells the story about herself and the challenges she faces with her younger brother, David, who is dealing with autism. She is embarrassed by her brother, neglected by her parents, and does not feel accepted amongst others. As she searches for the definition of "normal", she realizes that defining this is not necessary and being different is a great thing. In the end, Catherine finds the acceptance she has been longing for while learning a little about herself.
This book is told by Catherine, a girl with a brother who has autism, who tries to make her brother normal by giving him rules to follow because David, her brother, embarrassed Catherine, often. She eventually strives through each issue she encountered with David and overcome each in the end.
This book is about an autistic child named David. His sister Catherine tries to make her brother "normal" and make rules for him to abide by. Catherine goes through struggles with how to cope with her brother's autism, and overcomes them in the end. She soon realizes the importance of family and the people around her, especially her brother.
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