Cynthia Lord, award-winning author of Rules and Touch Blue, will discuss autism and her writing style, as well as share her experiences, on Thursday, April 4, at 1 p.m. at University College at Bath/Brunswick. The public is invited to the presentation in the HUS 130 Developmental Disabilities class. Patricia Clark, Early Childhood Studies Director at the University of Maine at Augusta, reports “Cindy wants to open it so more people have a chance to hear about Autism Spectrum Disorders, estimated from recent studies to affect one in 88 children today.” Clark’s developmental disabilities class uses Rules as an auxiliary text; “It is exciting to be able to talk to the author and find out the story behind the book,” she added.
Cynthia Lord grew up in rural New Hampshire, lives in the midcoast region, and travels to schools and libraries throughout the United States offering readings to people of all ages. Other books include Happy Birthday, Hamster; and Hot Rod Hamster; picture books with a twist. Touch Blue, set on an island in Maine, is about a girl whose school may be closed and how she deals with this and a new foster brother.
On April 4, the author will talk most about Rules, the story of a twelve-year old girl who wants a normal life; her younger brother has autism and her family’s life revolves around his disability. Although not autobiographical, this scenario was one Lord knew well from her own family. Rules has won numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor Medal, a Maine Student Book Award, and a Schneider Family Book Award. Lord adds humor to a stressful situation and Rules is told from the viewpoint of Catherine, the sister. It offers a candid look at how the sibling of a child with autism might feel and how she deals with conflicting emotions, feeling different, and searching for acceptance. For more information about the local author and her books, visit http://www.cynthialord.com. Bath Book Shop will be selling books that Lord will autograph after she presents.
University College at Bath/Brunswick is located in the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park Street, Bath. Visit learn.maine.edu/bath or call 1-800-696-2329 or 442-7736 for more information.