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From the Recommended Reading files of Dr. Bornstein:

Rules by Cynthia Lord (2006).  200 pgs.  Suitable for grade 5 and up.

Rules  is a fictional story of Catherine, a 12 year old girl struggling with need to “be normal” while her family struggles with the challenging behaviors of her autistic brother David.  She works hard to help David fit in with society’s expectations by reminding him of the “rules” of behavior, while at the same time being frustrated by the limitations of his disability.  Catherine is often caught in between her loyalty to David and the resentment she feels toward him when his behaviors interfere with her desire to live a “normal” life.  Through a series of experiences (some humorous, some serious) in this novel, she begins to gain greater acceptance and understanding of her own and other’s abilities.  

The award winning book is an entertaining and thought-provoking read for kids and parents who enjoy realistic fiction.  It also provides excellent discussion points with emerging teens and parents about how to cope with the behavior of others and view life from another person’s point of view.    It is recommended to read with your child or book club to stimulate discussion about the challenges of growing up.

For more about the book (including a link to a discussion guide), you can reference the author’s website at http://www.cynthialord.com/ rules.html

Reach Out and Read  Spring Reading List

From the Recommended Reading files of Dr. Bornstein:

“Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.  288 pgs.  Suitable for grades 5 and up.     

There are a number of very good books now available for kids to read that focus on characters who struggle to overcome a challenge or limitation they have.  This book is a very entertaining yet honest depiction of the perspective of a 6th grade student (Ally) who has a significant reading disability which she has managed to hide from her teachers and classmates.  The behaviors and reactions of those around her in school accurately reflects many of the struggles our own patients have when the root cause of the problem is neither sought out or address. Importantly, it highlights that the “negative behaviors” are not the actual problem, but the manifestation of a child who is feeling overwhelmed and does not have an alternative strategy or pathway to success.  In this book, a perceptive and skilled teacher helps the main character Ally work through the barrier of her reading disability.  It is a book which will be enjoyed by your middle school child will resonate with any parent who has a child who struggles in school.