It's the beginning of summer and Catherine, a twelve-year old girl is trying to find a friend to spend it with. She has a brother David, who has autism, and a family that she feels neglects her. She continually gives Jason rules to follow so that he will act "normal."
Catherine meets Kristi
Catherine meets Jason
Catherine befriends Jason
Catherine is the main character in this book. She is the sister of David, and eventually the friend of Jason.
David is Catherine's sister. He has autism, and is provided with a set of rules from Catherine continuously - rules which are supposed to show him how to act "normal."
Jason is a new friend that Catherine makes. She meets him at David's therapist, and is at first weary of introducing him to her new friends because he is a non-verbal paraplegic.
Kristi is the new girl who moves in next door to Catherine at the beginning of the story. Catherine tries desperately to become friends with her, and that includes doing, saying, and hiding things that go against her better judgement.
Schneider Family Book Award