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When your son cant look you in the eye . . . does that mean hes guilty?

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Aspergers syndrome. Hes hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and hes always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And hes usually right.

But when Jacobs small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacobs behaviors are hallmark Aspergers, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacobs mother, Emma, its a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, its another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

Review:

"It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes." The Financial Times

Review:

"Picoult is a skilled wordsmith, and she beautifully creates situations that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us." The Boston Globe

Synopsis:

The astonishing new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a family torn apart by an accusation of murder.

Synopsis:

When your son can’t look you in the eye . . . does that mean he’s guilty?

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he’s always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he’s usually right.

But when Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

Synopsis:

Now in paperback, the astonishing novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a young boy falsely accused of murder.

They tell me I’m lucky to have a son who’s so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the busted microwave and have it working again an hour later….But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn’t know how.

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and Jacob has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s—not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect—can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel…and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.

Emotionally powerful and profoundly moving, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way—and fails those who don’t.

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the author of seventeen novels, including Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister's Keeper, now a major motion picture. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at www.jodipicoult.com.

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Sharon Miller, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Sharon Miller)
Loved this book. My husband and I listened to it on CD on one of our cross-country travel trips. We learned so much about Azburger's Syndrome, a form of Autism. Jodi Piccoult develops her characters so well and looks at every single angle you could think of to present the problem and solutions. This book held our attention every mile of the road. A really good listen/read.
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bkwochnick, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by bkwochnick)
Loved this book!! If you haven't read Picoult before, it takes a little bit to adjust to her writing style, but is well worth it!
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EvilYellowMnM, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by EvilYellowMnM)
I loved this book for several reasons, but the biggest was because it gave me an insight into Asperger's Syndrome. I truly believe in this disorder, as I am a teacher and have students with this issue. It is important to make people more aware of this part of the Autism Spectrum and this book does it in a style incoporated into an interesting and continuosly moving story. I felt I understood the characters and believed in them, because they were so well-developed. I felt involved in this story and couldn't put it down until I found out the ending. Jodi Picoult really has a knack for characterization and development where the reader can empathize with the people in the story. I wish to add this story to my student collection. And I am always looking for books to interest my high school readers. This book would be an awesome addition!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743296441
Author:
Picoult, Jodi
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Subject:
Forensic sciences
Subject:
Murder -- Investigation.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.3125 in

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"Review" by , "It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes."
"Review" by , "Picoult is a skilled wordsmith, and she beautifully creates situations that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us."
"Synopsis" by , The astonishing new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a family torn apart by an accusation of murder.
"Synopsis" by , When your son can’t look you in the eye . . . does that mean he’s guilty?

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he’s always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he’s usually right.

But when Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback, the astonishing novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a young boy falsely accused of murder.

They tell me I’m lucky to have a son who’s so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the busted microwave and have it working again an hour later….But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn’t know how.

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and Jacob has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s—not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect—can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel…and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.

Emotionally powerful and profoundly moving, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way—and fails those who don’t.

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