NERTCL Luncheon with Cynthia Lord

We all know that books are powerful. They can entertain, illuminate, broaden horizons, enrage, inspire, etc. Sometimes a carefully disguised book jacket actually contains a literary hand-hold or a hug. Rules is an inspirational story of humanity that is funny, poignant, and heartwarming.  You feel fortunate to have found it…and if you are a book lover you’ll probably do everything you can to share it.  I read Cynthia Lord’s book Rules when it was first released in 2006.  And I feel like I have been giving it to people ever since.  Rules is the story of a twelve-year-old girl Catherine who struggles to balance her love for her autistic brother David and her longing for a “normal” existence.


This beautifully crafted story has captured the hearts of so many readers and award committees across the country. It was a pleasure to hear Cynthia Lord describe how her family experience inspired her to write the book, the process of bringing the book to print and the warm reception it has received over the years.  Success could not have found a nicer person or a more deserving title. 

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