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Cynthia Lord

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New Hampshire, USA
Brunswick, Maine, USA
behavioral specialist
Tracey Adams
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(from Rules) Cynthia Lord is the mother of two children, one of whom has autism. She says, "I wrote Rules to explore some of my own questions about living with someone who sees the world so differently than I do, but also to show a full experience of family life with a child with autism: the happy moments, the heartbeaking ones, the ones that make me laugh."
Lord is a former teacher, behavioral specialist, and bookseller. She lives with her husband and their children in Maine. Rules is her first novel. Visit her at www.cynthialord.com.



Fantastic book to teach your students in upper elementary about acceptance, differences, respect and autism. Catherine is a 12 year old who wants to live a normal life. She has a brother with autism, named David, that is the family's main focus. Catherine helps her brother is this heartwarming book cope with having autism. She teaches his the "rules" about the real world, but was is normal anyways?
satnightfevre | 532 andre anmeldelser | Feb 16, 2024 |
1. Written by Newbury Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord
2. Recommended for rabbit lovers that are looking for an intermediate-leveled text
3. While this story is a work of fiction, there are some educational facts about rabbits and other animals sprinkled in the story
4. Neurodiversity representation through Jack's character - Jack has highly sensitive senses, knows a lot of interesting facts about animals, and works with an aide at school. Jack's disability was never named in the story, but that's okay - he does not need to be labeled. However, in the author's note, Lord mentions that her son has autism, so that he may have inspired Jack's character
5. I can make a personal connection to this book because my family adopted a bunny this past Christmas. There were many anecdotes from this story that I related to my bunny Morris - similarly to Emma's bunny Lapi, Morris chins items that he claims as his, he binkies when he is excited, and he stands on his hind legs when he wants something that is up high. Because of my background knowledge on rabbits, I was able to clearly picture the descriptions that the author wrote about in this book.
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juliasmith22 | 8 andre anmeldelser | Feb 4, 2024 |
The premise is intriguing: a small island community in Maine needs more kids in order to keep their school open, so several families take on foster children. The story is told by 11-year-old Tess, an island girl who's positively bursting to make her new big brother, Aaron, feel at home. Aaron, on the other hand, is less than thrilled to be shipped off to another foster family.

Tess, like many a seafaring-type, is a big believer in luck. Each chapter begins with one of her superstitions (the title refers to one in particular, "Touch blue and your wish will come true"). It felt to me like the author trying to give her narrator a lovable quirk.

This being a story about a foster child, obviously we're looking at themes of belonging and acceptance. I don't think Cynthia Lord breaks any new ground, but the writing is nice and brisk. However, the story employed a one-dimensional bully-villain to add drama, which always bugs me.

Themes of luck and belonging come together in the end when Tess and Aaron both have to learn (I'm paraphrasing the words of the father character here) not to try and control everything, but let life happen like it's supposed to. Not a bad lesson.

This is a relatively short book (190 pages) and it feels a little shallow for its brevity, but I think it's still a good read. I would've especially liked to have listened to it being read by a real Mainer with a cool Maine accent.
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LibrarianDest | 35 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |



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