Homemom3! Homemom, you have until Friday to send me your address at emykate(AT)yahoo(DOT)com and claim you free signed copy of RULES by Cynthia Lord. However, I'm making a trip to the post office today, so if you email me this morning, you'll have it by the end of the week.
Thanks to all who participated. If you didn't win it today, you can always buy it here!
And just for good measure, I'm posting my review of Rules again....
Rules by Cynthia Lord is a poignant story showing a slice of 12-year-old Catherine's life. Her brother David has autism. Catherine lovingly makes up rules to help him get through life. Things that other people figure out for themselves, David must be taught. Some of the rules include "If the bathroom door is closed, knock (especially if Catherine has a friend over)!", "Keep your pants on! Unless Mom, Dad, or the doctor tells you to take them off.", and "No toys in the fish tank."
Catherine is not only a sister to David, though. She is an artist, a daughter, a friend. When a new girl moves next door, Catherine is hopeful that they will become good friends. But she is embarrassed to say anything about David. She also develops a close bond with a handicapped boy who cannot speak or walk. She draws pictures for him to help him communicate.
Cynthia Lord has done an incredible job tackling a heavy topic. The book is laced with both humor and tenderness.
I highly recommend this book for all ages.
As you can see, Rules won a Newbery Honor and the Schneider Family Book Award in 2006.
Cynthia Lord blogs here, where you can see what a kind-hearted woman she is. This blog will be added to the Delicious Author Blogs in the sidebar.