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Mike Mullin, Author

I'm the author of the ASHFALL three-and-a-half-ology: ASHFALL, ASHEN WINTER, SUNRISE, and DARLA'S STORY.


Rules - Cynthia Lord So, I've owned this book for more than a year but never gotten around to reading it. When I saw it had been challenged, I figured I'd read it to try to understand why.Here's why RULES got challenged: some people are effing crazy. This is a beautifully written, touching story about a family that happens to include an autistic kid. Catherine, the 12-year-old protagonist, is portrayed realistically, with a pitch-perfect kid's voice. She grows through the story, coming to better accept the differences in the people around her. The parents are loving but flawed in realistic ways.Every school library should have a copy of RULES and encourage kids to read it. It would be tragic if a misguided challenge anywhere limited kids' access to this inclusive, uplifting novel.