The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
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. 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!
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.
-2017 ABA Indies Introduce Title
-A Junior Library Guild Selection
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK:
“A charming debut about a thoughtful, creative preteen connecting to both halves of her identity.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Those who enjoy vivacious, plucky heroines… will eagerly embrace Malu.”
—School Library Journal (starred review)
“Pérez’s debut is as exuberant as its heroine… A rowdy reminder that people are at their best when they aren’t forced into neat, tidy boxes.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Extremely relatable and creatively inspiring, with a voice that is equal parts witty and sharp.”
“In The First Rule of Punk, Celia C. Pérez brings us Malú, a girl whose talents are as diverse as the images and words she snips for her zines. Malú is an irrepressible force, one that readers will long remember.”
—Diana López, author of Confetti Girl and Nothing Up My Sleeve