Monday, September 29, 2008

Rules

Rules
by Cynthia Lord

I listened to this one on audio. I think books often lose something when they're on audio. I don't know what it is. Wait, I take that back. It's the opportunity for the reader to create their own voices for the characters, and put their own emphasis on the words. I'm not meaning to complain about this audio book in particular -- in fact I can only think of 2 audiobooks that didn't bother me in this way: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett and Right Ho, Jeeves! by P.G. Wodehouse. Anyway...

It was a good book. It's about a girl whose brother is autistic and her dealing with his autism by making up rules for him. It's also about making friends, and being a good friend. I'm not alone in liking the book -- it won a Newbery Honor and the Schneider Family Book Award. Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out! (like PBS says)

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