Tuesday, May 03, 2011


This is an okay book written by Cynthia Lord. Catherine, a 12-year-old girl with big responsibilities, loves her autistic younger brother David. But she often feels that her parents, so focused on special care for him, forget that she exists, too. Like most eight-year-old boys, David is a handful. He just doesn’t know when enough is enough, and in all the commotion Catherine feels ignored. She can’t help but get embarrassed by some of David’s behavior – like when he throws toys in the fish tank – so she decides to start writing down rules she thinks will help him become more normal. Yet after she befriends Jason, a boy her own age who is mute and wheelchair-bound, she reconsiders what it means to be normal.

This is the debut novel of the author; her son has autism.


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