There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school -- you can't fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School's queen bee, violates the school's dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.
The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She'll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!
From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Pérez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one's watching. Black and white illustrations and collage art throughout make it a perfect pick for fans of books like Roller Girl and online magazines like Rookie.
"Although she loves both of her amicably divorced parents, Malú — who favors Chuck Taylors and music T’s — feels closer to her laid-back, artsy white father than her supportive but critical academic mother, whom she calls 'SuperMexican.' At Malú’s new majority-Latino school, she quickly makes an enemy of beautiful Selena, who calls her a 'coconut' (brown on the outside, white on the inside) and warns her about falling in with the class “weirdos.” Malú does befriend the school misfits (one activist white girl and two fellow 'coconuts') and enlists them to form a band to play a punk song at the Fall Fiesta. Middle-grade readers will appreciate the examples of Malú’s zines and artwork, which delightfully convey her journey of self-discovery." -- Kirkus Reviews
|9 - 12
|Celia C. Pérez
|Celia C. Pérez
|Aug 22, 2017
|Viking Books for Young Readers