Rules by Cynthia Lord

December 3rd, 2015 by

rules-cynthia-lordSubmitted by Alex, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★☆

It was a great book about a girl with an autistic brother named David. He has to go to occupational therapy and they meet an interesting boy named Jason who also takes therapy. Read this book to find out more about Jason.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

October 3rd, 2015 by

rules-cynthia-lordSubmitted by Brenna, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

I love this book so much. It’s about a girl who has a autism brother and she makes up all these rules for him so he can learn what to in Sertin life problems. Also she meets this boy when they are in the waiting room and he is in a weelchair.

Half a Chance: Book Review

August 16th, 2015 by

half-a-chanceIf you feel like the end of summer is approaching way too quickly for your liking, then check out Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord. It’s a great summertime read, and I think you’ll identify with the main character, who also dreads the end of the season.

You may be thinking, “Duh. Everyone hates the end of summer.” But for Lucy, it’s more than that: She and her family have just moved to a new town full of seasonal vacationers. That means her only friends are going home in the fall, leaving Lucy to face a new school all alone.

But Lucy does make the most of the summer and her limited time with her new friends, the family next door. They introduce her to their annual tradition of checking on the loons of the lake (birds that nest on an island across the water from their houses), and Lucy becomes fast friends with a boy her age named Nate.

While Nate is showing her around he area, he also helps Lucy with a photo contest that she desperately wants to win. Her father (a famous nature photographer) is the judge, and she believes that if she enters under a fake name, she’ll finally get the fair treatment and objective feedback she craves from her dad. But what will he say when he finds out that Lucy really took the pictures?

That’s not the only moral dilemma in this book. Unfortunately, there are some sad things going on in Nate’s family and Lucy gets caught up in that too — not always in a way that Nate would like!

So, as you can see, there are some serious aspects of this book, and maybe that means it’s not your typical beach read. But there are also funny and sweet parts. And as soon as I started reading, I was drawn in by Lucy and the other characters — not to mention the wonderful setting where I wish I could spend my summer!

I would recommend this book to fans of Cynthia Lord’s other novels (like Rules and Touch Blue). You might also like Half a Chance if you enjoyed Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far), The Truth about Twinkie PieUmbrella Summer, and books by Wendy Mass.

If you’ve already read Half a Chance, leave a comment with your thoughts. Or tell me: What’s your favorite vacation spot?

— Karen

Karen doesn’t have a regular place where she goes every summer. This year, she’s traveling to San Juan Island off the coast of Washington for the first time. Maybe it will become her new go-to spot!

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Rules by Cynthia Lord

February 22nd, 2015 by

rules-cynthia-lordSubmitted by kiddiemomo, Age 9 from New York

Rating: ★★★½☆

This book made me laugh. 😀 It made me cry. ;( It made me get paper cuts. :I Above all, it made me smile. 🙂

Rules by Cynthia Lord

February 16th, 2015 by

rules-cynthia-lordSubmitted by Abby, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This book is a great book filled with homer and heartbreak it tells you that life is not always easy.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

December 19th, 2014 by

rules-cynthia-lordSubmitted by Ada, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This book is about a girl named Catherine who has a brother who has autism. She is always scared that David (her brother) is going to embarrass her. When Catherine meets Jason another kid who is paraplegic. And Jason is starting to like her. What is Catherine going to do.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

December 19th, 2014 by

rules-cynthia-lordSubmitted by Brianna, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

In this book the main character is Cathrine and she has a brother named David, normal right? Nope, David goes to O.T. every Tuesday and Thursday and now that it’s summer Cathrine goes too. Catherine’s neighbor sells her house to a family with a girl Cathrine’s age and Cathrine wants to make a good impression but with David, that’s hard. Not to mention that Cathrine is an artist and she loves to draw while waiting for David at the clinic. She draws Jason a boy who speaks with word cards and is in a wheelchair. Jason however doesn’t like that but over time they patch things up. Read this amazing heartwarming Newbery honor wining realistic fiction book to find out more.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

October 13th, 2014 by

rules-cynthia-lordSubmitted by Nancy, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

A really unexpecting twist in the middle!

Rules by Cynthia Lord

May 16th, 2013 by

rules-cynthia-lordSubmitted by Abby, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

In the book rules by Cythia Lord there are many happy and sad parts. This book is very heartfelt and very interesting to read. The book rules is named rules because Cathrine tries to teach David rules on what not to do and what to do. I love this book because it’s about an autistic boy. This boys name is David. David’s older sister Cathrine just wants to have a normal life, which she thinks is nearly imposible with a brother with autism, and a family that revolves around him. Cathrine begins to notice what is happening. This means in her mind her life has started to revolve around him too. I can connect to this because my mom was a teacher who taught kids with autism, and I used to go with her, so I have been around people with autism alot. I recomend to anyone who likes books with caring people, and also to people that like books that are by Cynthia Lord.

Touch Blue: Book Review

July 27th, 2011 by

touch-blue-cynthia-lord-book-reviewFrom the very first page of Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord, I felt like I was with the characters on their Maine island home — and it was the perfect place to find myself because at that moment, I really wanted to escape the gross New York City summer heat!

Tess, the narrator of the book, loves her island too. But the same can’t be said for Aaron, her new foster brother. He’s come from the mainland along with a bunch of other foster kids because the island residents need more students or their school will be shut down in the fall.

Tess’ mom is the teacher, so Tess really wants this to work. But it’s hard when Aaron seems so unfriendly and unhappy

To find out what happens — and take your own tour of the island — check out Touch Blue! And if you’ve already read it, leave a comment letting me know your thoughts on the book!

— Karen

Karen is currently in the market for a friend who lives on a Maine island. Anyone? She will buy you a lobster dinner if you let her stay with you!

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