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House Rules

House Rules is the new novel from Jodi Picoult about a family torn apart by an accusation of murder. Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules follow the Hunt family as they struggle to prove their sons innocence.


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Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself to others, and like many children with Asperger's, Jacob has an obsessive focus on one subject - in his case, 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. Reluctance to make eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate gestures, all these can look a lot like guilt. Suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.

House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, and at the extremes of love and loyalty a family must call upon to help each other overcome impossible circumstances. Explore 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.

  • Published
    01/03/2011
  • Publisher
    Allen and Unwin
  • Author
    Jodi Picoult
  • Number of Pages
    606
  • Product Height
    19.1 cm
  • Product Width
    13.2 cm
  • Country Of Origin
    Australia
  • Gender
    Both
  • Product Code
    WCC100000000032965
  • Reference Number
    032965
  • Article Number
    8212927
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