Title Profile & Character Information

Rules

Annotation
From an exciting new voice comes a candid and witty look at feeling different and finding acceptance-beyond the rules.

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?



Awards
2007  Schneider Family Book Awards
2007  American Library Association Notable Books for Children
2008  Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
2007-2008  Great Stone Face Children's Book Award
2007-2008  Maine Student Book Award
2008  Bluegrass Award
2008-2009  Great Lakes' Great Books Award

Characters
NameCatherine
GenderGirl
OccupationStudent

NameJason
GenderMale
TraitsParaplegic
Wheelchair-bound

NameKristi
GenderGirl
OccupationStudent

GenreFamily
Fiction
Juvenile
Psychological
TopicsAutism
Brothers and sisters
Identity
Self-discovery
Personal growth
Friendship
Neighbors
Children with disabilities