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3.00016032492518 out of 53.00016032492518 out of 53.00016032492518 out of 53.00016032492518 out of 53.00016032492518 out of 5 3.00 (18,712 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Lord Narrator: Jessica Almasy Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN:
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Catherine, a 12-year-old girl with big responsibilities, loves her autistic younger brother David and makes lists of rules she thinks will help him get by. But she often feels that her parents, focused on special care for David, forget that she exists, too.

Rules, Cynthia Lord's Newbery and ALA Award-winning debut novel, is a tender look at the frustration, struggle, devotion, and hope experienced by families with autistic children. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 aidan | 11/16/2015

    " cool "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige.s | 2/20/2014

    " This book was inspiring to me for disability people. This book was about a girl who's brother had a disability about forgetting things. She had to make up all these rules for him to follow around the house and around her because she is embarrassed by him because he acts up around her friends. When at the learning center she meets a child with a speaking disability and had to use flash cards. She would always make him new flash cards and draw on them because she was an artist. Him and her would communicate with the cards and talk about their lives. She really begins to like him but has to chose between him and her friends because they make fun of her for hanging out with him. She then meets a new girl that is her neighbor and decides to go swimming with her on her friends birthday party that she was invited to. He is then disappointed in her and is mad at her. He then forgives her and they become friends again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie Marilyn | 2/19/2014

    " Even thought it has been a while since I have read this book I remember I have learn a lot from it ,,Not to spoil it but you will be moved to tears as you learn what it is like to have a true friend ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie H | 2/15/2014

    " Rules is a terrific book. First Cathrine has a brother who does most things wrong. Catherine helps her brother by teaching him rules. Catherine writes rules in the back of her drawing pad. She writes things as "Don't put toys in the fish tank" and others like "Peaches are another examples of a apple but with fur". Catherine's world gets turned around when a new girl moves next door and how she tries to make friends friends with the girl named Krisi. Will Cathrine be able to make Krisi her adventurous best friends or will her brother ruin it for her? P.S you need to read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/28/2014

    " I thought Rules was very interesting because it explained how it is to be friends and a sibling of someone with autism. I think it must be very hard to live someone and at the same time I think I would become very overprotective of the person. I recommend this book because it helps a person to understand what this kind of life is like for both the person with autism and the person living with him/her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hoopsgirl29 | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book!!!!I can really relate to this and it helped me a lot!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade Wilson | 1/27/2014

    " This story is about a young girl named Catherine who has a brother named David with Autism. This story is very touching. Catherine makes rules throughout the story to help out her brother. She becomes friends with a boy named Jason and a girl who moves in next door. This story would be a great story to utilize in the classroom to help students understand friendship and Autism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Herbst | 1/25/2014

    " Great story about living with someone who has a disability. The story is told through the sister of the person with the disability so it gives a great perspective of the hardships that a family deals with. The author drew from her own life when written this book. Written by Cynthia Lord. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/24/2014

    " I always enjoy reading good young adult literature. This is the summer reading book for my incoming sixth graders. I look forward to discussing the issues in the novel with them in September. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mnmguitar | 1/20/2014

    " I actually heard it on tape. It started out good, but it started to get weird... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/22/2013

    " Fun young adult read, reminding us how important being ourselves is, not cowing to the pressure of being like everyone else. The "rules" she writes out for her brother should be applied to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Montrudd | 11/20/2013

    " Good story for pre-teens to read to get an idea of what it is like to live with an autistic sibling as well as to have a life of their own "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 10/29/2013

    " A great book for younger readers about having a sibling with autism and accepting differences. Its a quick and easy read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally | 9/9/2013

    " This book is for sure one of my all time favourites. It's one I could and have read multiple times. I will for sure recommend this book to everyone looking for a favourite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. Palubicki | 3/3/2013

    " Fast read--it was sweet. Just wish the characters were more developed, but I think this is more on the 4-5-6th grade level than the 7-8th level, so, considering that, it was a fine story with a great message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Clark | 12/11/2012

    " Great example of how to treat others who are different. Can lead to good conversations about disabilities and bullying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Latasha | 12/7/2012

    " Great book to read. It is written as from a teenage girl stand point. It was very broad and a quick read. Would have liked a little more story. Good quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania Orozco | 11/10/2012

    " I really enjoyed reading this book! It was such an interesting book that is about how a little girl helps her little brother who has autism. The book has a lot themes about friendship and accepting others for who they are. I would defiantly recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 1/5/2012

    " Perfect for 6th and 7th graders! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle R. | 10/31/2011

    " This book was so good!!!!! I felt so bad for the boy because of his autism. It's a very roughing book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina Loxterkamp | 8/5/2011

    " I liked this book because it showed me more that it doesn't matter if you have a disibility it only matters if that person has agreat heart which david and jason did!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loryn | 6/27/2011

    " I have read this 2 times "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mana | 6/22/2011

    " the only reason i read it was because it was for a summer reading project in school, but if i could finish it. it isn't that bad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/20/2011

    " Great book. I read it and thought about So B. It "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 6/3/2011

    " 4 and a half stars. Really great book; didn't end the way I thought it would but all my favorite parts were with Jason and his communication book. I'd like to know what a family with a person with autism would think. "

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About the Author

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules, a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Half a Chance and Touch Blue. She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards, including the Parents’ Choice Award, and followed it with the beloved sequel Happy Birthday, Hamster. She lives in Maine with her family.

About the Narrator

Jessica Almasy is an actress, theater teacher, and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over eighty titles, including the Earphones Award-winning Clementine series and Operation Yes, for which she won a 2010 Audie Award.