The First Rule of Punk (Hardcover)

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Maria Luisa, aka Malu, doesn’t often fit the image of the perfect senorita that her mother (whom she nicknames SuperMexican) wants her to be. Malu identifies more with the punk side of her heritage and can usually be found hanging out at her dad’s record store listening to loud music, wearing mismatched clothes in bright colors, and making zines. When her mother accepts a two-year professorship in Chicago, Malu has to deal with leaving her dad and his record store behind, starting a new school, and being mocked by her nemesis, Selena, who refers to her as a “coconut”. When Malu’s punk band is rejected from the school talent show for not being traditional enough, they decide to resist in the most punk way they know how; by being themselves! 
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The First Rule of Punk, a 2018 Pura Belpr Author Honor Book, is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one's watching.

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 Mal (Mar a 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 Mal 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, Mal 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.

About the Author

Celia C. Pérez has been making zines inspired by punk and her love of writing for longer than some of you have been alive. Her favorite zine supplies are a long-arm stapler, glue sticks, and watercolor pencils. She still listens to punk music, and she'll never stop picking cilantro out of her food at restaurants. Originally from Miami, Florida, Celia lives in Chicago with her family and works as a community college librarian. She owns two sets of worry dolls because you can never have too many. The First Rule of Punk is her first book for young readers.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425290408
ISBN-10: 0425290409
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English