by Cynthia Lord
Deals with Autism, wheelchairs and alternative communication methods from the perspective of a 12 year old girl who has a brother with Autism and a friendship with a boy she meets at the OT’s office. It explores the feelings of a young girl at an age when fitting in is the most important thing in the world. Her brother embarrasses her. Her new friend is only for the OT’s office. Her conflict is a pretty classic. What you want vs. what’s cool… And, the resolution is great– pretty realistic and certainly compassionate.
I originally picked this up thinking it would be good for J’s 12 year old boy cousin to understand him. It’s not. It might be good for a tweener girl but, not for a tweener boy. I’m glad I read it– and, believe it would be good for parents to understand how kids feel about their Autistic sibs.
About the author (from the dust jacket): Cynthia Lord is the mother of two children, one of whom has autism. She says “I wrote Rules to explore some of my own questions about living with someone who sees the world so differently than I do, but also to show a full experience of family life with a child with autism: the happy moments, the heartbreaking ones and ones that make me laugh.” Lord is a former teacher, behavioral specialist, and bookseller. She lives with her husband and their children in Maine. Rules is her first novel. Visit her at www.cynthialord.com
Rules is published by Scholastic and is a Newberry Honor Book.