Books The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin Hardcover, 259 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $17.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Rules of SurvivalAuthorNancy Werlin Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother. By the author of The Killer's Cousin. Genres: Children's Books Young Adult Fiction Also by Nancy Werlin The Killer's Cousin Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Rules of Survival Novel Ideas Nancy Werlin: Get Thee to a Bread Store November 15, 2006 Nancy Werlin is the author of six young adult novels. Her latest, The Rules of Survival, is a finalist for the 2006 National Book Awards for Young People's Literature. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts.