Title: Rules


Bibliography: Lord, C. (2006). Rules. New York, New York: Scholastic Press.


Annotation: Catherine, a spunky twelve-year-old girl just wants to be normal. She finds herself constantly embarrassed by her brother’s quirky behavior; he has autism and often forgets the rules! Through friendships with her next-door neighbor, Kristi and Jason, a paraplegic, she realizes that ‘normal’ isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be!


Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction Novel


Grade Level: 5-7


Readers who will like this book: Anyone who has ever felt a little different will find Catherine’s story relatable, she finds acceptance in her own way! This is a great story, with a great lesson to be learned by all readers.


Personal Response and rating: 4; the journey of Catherine’s quest to discover what ‘normal’ really is, is extremely relatable. This book is culturally relevant in that is deals with common challenges: acceptance, understanding, friendship, and disabilities.  


Question: Can you think of a time you felt like you didn’t fit in somewhere? What did you do about it? What are some suggestions you might have for someone who feels that way?