For my four hours of reading this week I chose the Newbery award winning book Rules by Cynthia Lord. It’s not one of my favorite books out there but it was a good book. The main character is a girl named Catherine who has an autistic younger brother David. Catherine watches over David constantly because she doesn’t want him to get hurt. With all this time spent helping David and babysitting she doesn’t have time to be a kid.
Catherine’s biggest fear is that people will notice how different their family is. She hates that people look at David wrong and sometimes don’t even look at David at all. She writes rules down for David so he can remember simple everyday things. In the meantime she is trying to make friendships with two people trying to make things seem as normal as possible.
It’s almost a sad book, most people don’t realize how hard it is on the siblings of autistic children. Like Catherine they sometimes feel left out and unimportant due to all the time spent with the other child and all the responsibility put on them.
It is a great read and very simple to read. It’s rather longish for a children’s book with about two hundred pages. It’s very easy to get into and easy to understand. It would be perfect for elementary students looking for long chapter books, trying to improve their reading.