Monday, April 13, 2009
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Catherine's younger brother David is autistic and Catherine has created a set of rules for him about how to get along in the world and to behave more like a "normal " person. Catherine is embarrassed by David, especially when she has to go to his therapy appointments. While in the waiting room she meets Jason, a paraplegic who uses a book of pictures to communicate. Since Catherine likes to draw she begins to make pictures for Jason's book and they become friends. But even though Catherine enjoys Jason's friendship she is careful to keep her two sets of friends completely separate from each other, until a party might cause both groups to come together.