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“A charming debut about a thoughtful, creative preteen connecting to both halves of her identity.” –Kirkus Reviews

The First Rule of Punk

Written by Celia C. Perez
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

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 Mala (Mara 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 Mala 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, Mala 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! Black and white illustrations and collage art throughout make The First Rule of Punk a perfect pick for fans of books like Roller Girl and online magazines like Rookie.

Primary ISBN: 9780425290408

Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook
Chapter Book, Age 09 or older

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Setting: United States (Chicago IL)

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 2nd Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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