Anyone who knows me knows I care a lot about Special Needs. That’s one reason I loved the book, Rules, by Cynthia Lord.
The story is about Catherine, who is often stuck caring for her autistic brother while her mother works at home.
When she accompanies them to therapy appointments, she meets and becomes friends with another boy, who uses a wheelchair and can’t speak.
But she hardly gets any attention from her parents because her brother seems to get it all.
And Catherine wants to have some normal friendships, especially with the new neighbor since her best friend is away for the Summer. How can she do that when her life is so abnormal?
Kids who read this well-written book will be drawn into her life and become eager to find out how she handles her problems. And they’ll learn to understand and, hopefully, accept people who are different from themselves.