Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Yesterday I read this beautiful book. Rules by Cynthia Lord is a poignant story showing a slice of 12-year-old Catherine's life. Her brother, David has autism. Catherine lovingly makes up rules to help him get through life. Things that other people figure out for themselves, David must be taught. Some of the rules include "If the bathroom door is closed, knock (especially if Catherine has a friend over)!", "Keep your pants on! Unless Mom, Dad, or the doctor tells you to take them off.", and "No toys in the fish tank."
Catherine is not only a sister to David, though. She is an artist, a daughter, a friend. When a new girl moves next door, Catherine is hopeful that they will become good friends. But she is embarrassed to say anything about David. She also develops a close bond with a handicapped boy who cannot speak or walk. She draws pictures for him to help him communicate.
Cynthia Lord has done an incredible job tackling a heavy topic. The book is laced with both humor and tenderness.
I highly recommend this book for all ages.

As you can see, Rules won a Newbery Honor and the Schneider Family Book Award in 2006.

Cynthia Lord blogs here, where you can see what a kind-hearted woman she is. This blog will be added to the Delicious Author Blogs in the sidebar.

By the way, I actually wrote this review myself. Crazy, huh? I'm so excited about the reviews I've been receiving in my inbox. If you have reviews you'd like to share on Clean Reads, please see the sidebar for info. I want to post a minimum of two reviews of Clean Reads each week, but I'd love to have enough to post one-a-day.

I really want Clean Reads to include all levels of novels. If you have any ideas for adult Clean Reads, please let me know. If you don't want to write up a review, just leave a comment with the book name and author.

Thanks for your support!

ATTENTION: For the week of May 9-15th--Don't forget to comment on this or any other Clean Reads post for a chance to win a new signed copy of RULES by Cynthia Lord!


Jennifer said...

I really want to read this book, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

HipWriterMama said...

This book is wonderful. Thanks for your review.

olmue said...

I loved this book!!

I read it the first time because I cyberly "know" the author (er, sorta), but as soon as I got done, I sat down and read it straight through again.

Have I mentioned that I loved this book? Every word was perfect, and it was a great example of a "quiet" novel that nevertheless has plenty of tension and plot and people to care about. Lovely!

BTW, that's the first time I've seen the cover with the stickers on it. Looks good, doesn't it?

cynthialord said...

Thank you so much, Emily!

I notice you've mentioned that you'd like to give away free books sometimes. If you'd like a signed copy of RULES to give away, I'd be glad to mail you one.

Just send me your address:

Emily said...

Thanks everyone for commenting on Rules. It is really a treasure of a book.
Thanks, Cindy! I can't wait to have a Giveaway for Rules!

Anonymous said...

Cynthia Lord,
I have just completed your book Rules. I really enjoyed it and would like to thank you for giving me a better understanding of children with Autism.
Jordan at shopjoe@aol.com

Anonymous said...

This is 2008; I had to read this book for a college class. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and reviewing it. I have been around autistic children and had the pleasure of getting to know them. This book is about how a sibling deals. Its fantastic.

Anonymous said...

yo ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ruthiebledsoe@hotmail.com said...

Ruthie said:
I enjoyed the book and found it truly amazing how Catherine realized it wasn't only Jason and David with a problem but there were things about herself she had to deal with. The boys world was normal and Catherine really lived in the abnormal world trying hard to make them fit in.

Anonymous said...

I read this book to my 4th grade students and the LOVED it!!

Sammy said...

Wow, I'm just waiting for this book to come in from school, and i cant wait to read it!!!

To Cynthia: Wow it musy be amazing to have your very own book in scholastic book orders!!!

Anonymous said...

Cynthia Lord,
I'm in the middle of the book and my book is at school so I am looking to go see if I can get it today! This book really relates to me because I am a 12-year old. Also because when I go to school I work with kids that have autism for 45 min. at school every day. I love this book and want to finish it now! Thanks so much...I can't wait to finish it! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you all so much!!!

Cynthia Lord

Mariah said...

i am in the 8th grade and i read this book wen i was in 6th grade and that i remember i loved the book im actually using it rite now for one of my book reports! but i need the climax and all the other stuff! GREAT book!

Anonymous said...

I am currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and was recently required to read this novel for my Children's Literature class. I really enjoyed this book and will probably read it again in the near future when I have more time to really enjoy it and take everything in. I have a family friend that is autistic and have worked with autistic children while in high school. I have even though about specializing in teaching autistic children. I have found out while working with these children and young adults that it is a challenge to gain their trust and I find it very rewarding. Thank you so much for writing this book, I feel like it would give people a clear view on how autistic children are, and teach them to appreciate them.

-Courtney OK

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