Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is nearly impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in... read more
Catherine is a 12 year old girl that has a younger brother, David, with autism. Catherine has created rules for her brother to follow that are both practical and to help avoid awkward and embarrassing events (for her). Catherine met a young boy named Jason at the office where David receives... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Catherine is a 12 year old girl that has a younger brother, David, with autism. Catherine has created rules for her brother to follow that are both practical and to help avoid awkward and embarrassing events (for her). Catherine met a young boy named Jason at the office where David receives OT. Catherine helps her new friend Jason (who uses a communication book to talk to people) by using her artistic abilities to create new words in his book. This story is an honest and appropriate depiction of what life could be like for somebody that has a family member or friend with autism. Easily relatable.
The chapters are all unnumbered but are named using one of Catherine's rules.
(1) Follow the rules.
(2) Don't run down the clinic hallway.
(3) If it's too loud, cover your ears or ask the other person to be quiet.
(4) Sometimes, you've gotta work with what you've got.
(5) If you don't have the words you need, borrow someone else's.
(6) Sometimes things work out, but don't count on it.
(7) Saying you'll do something means you have to do it--unless you have a very good excuse.
(8) If you can only choose one, pick carefully.
(9) At someone else's house, you have to follow their rules.
(10) If it fits in your mouth, it's food.
(11) Sometimes, people laugh when they like you. But sometimes, they laugh to hurt you.
(12) Open closet doors carefully. Sometimes things fall out.
(13) Sometimes people don't answer because they didn't hear you. Other times it's because they don't want to hear you.
(14) No toys in the fish tank.
(15) Solving one problem can create another.
(16) No dancing unless I'm alone in my room or it's pitch-black dark.
(17) Not everything worth keeping has to be useful.
(18) Pantless brothers are not my problem.
(19) Some people think they know who you are, when really they don't.
(20) Late doesn't mean not coming.
(21) A real conversation takes two people.
(22) If you need to borrow words, Arnold Lobel wrote some good ones.