by Cynthia Lord

Rules by Cynthia Lord

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Book Information

Publication Date: 2006

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 670L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level R

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Major Awards: 2007 Newbery Honor

Number of Pages: 241 pages

Approximate Word Count: 34,945 words -- The average reader will spend 2 hours and 19 minutes reading Rules at 250 words per minute.*

Audible Book Length: 4 hrs and 1 min

Book Themes: Treating People Equally, Autism, Using Others for Emotional Needs, Value of Having Rules

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Setting: Present Day -- The story begins on the first day of summer vacation.

The setting includes the following:

  • Catherine's house (Catherine lives near the ocean. Her friend is spending the summer "7-8 business days for mail to travel" in Califormia, so the reader can assume Catherine lives on the East Coast.)
  • Catherine's neighborhood
  • occupational therapy clinic where Catherine's brother goes for therapy

Important Quote: Some people think they know who you are, when really they don't.

First Line: "Come on, David."

Point of View: First Person from Catherine's Perspective

*Estimate from Reading Length

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