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* HighSchoolDance: Catherine attends a dance with Jason, where she overcomes her embarrassment over dancing in public.

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* SpeaksInShoutOuts: David finds borrowing other people's words easier than providing his own. He especially likes ''Literature/FrogAndToad'', and can hold entire conversations in ''Frog and Toad'' quotes.


* CharacterTics: David flicks his fingers like he's playing a piano. He also shakes his arms when he's excited and flaps his hands when he's upset.



* CharacterTics: David flicks his fingers like he's playing a piano. He also flaps his hands when he's upset.


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* InnocentInaccurate: David thinks Ryan is his friend. He doesn't understand that he's laughing at and not with him.


Catherine, an artistic twelve-year-old girl, has spent much of her life looking after her autistic eight-year-old brother, David, and teaching him to memorize rules for life. When Kristi, a girl her age, moves in next door, Catherine is worried that David's weird behavior will put her off. But not only does she befriend Kristi, she also befriends Jason, a slightly older boy who goes to the same occupational therapy center as David.

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Catherine, an artistic twelve-year-old girl, has spent much of her life looking after her autistic eight-year-old brother, David, and teaching him to memorize rules for life. When Kristi, a girl her age, moves in next door, Catherine is worried that David's weird behavior will put her off. But not only does she befriend Kristi, she also befriends Jason, Jason Morehouse, a slightly older boy who goes to the same occupational therapy center as David.

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* BigSisterInstinct: Catherine once got in trouble with the bus driver for shoving David's bully, Ryan Deschaine.

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* HatesBeingNicknamed: Catherine keeps telling her dad not to call her "Cath," which reminds her of a baby cow.

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''Rules'' is a 2006 young adult novel by Cynthia Lord.

Catherine, an artistic twelve-year-old girl, has spent much of her life looking after her autistic eight-year-old brother, David, and teaching him to memorize rules for life. When Kristi, a girl her age, moves in next door, Catherine is worried that David's weird behavior will put her off. But not only does she befriend Kristi, she also befriends Jason, a slightly older boy who goes to the same occupational therapy center as David.
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!!''Rules'' contains examples of:
* AmbiguousDisorder: Jason is mute, uses a wheelchair, and communicates via picture cards, but Catherine never learns exactly what his disability is and neither does the reader.
* DoorSlamOfRage: Catherine slams the door to her mother's office out of frustration with being made to babysit David when she'd rather hang out with Kristi.
* CharacterTics: David flicks his fingers like he's playing a piano. He also flaps his hands when he's upset.
* SensoryOverload: David hears everything much louder than most people do. He covers his ears at any sudden noise.
* TeenIdol: Kristi has a crush on an idol named Jake, who appears in ''Teen People'' magazine.
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