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Middle Grade

  • The First Rule of Punk, Celia C. PĂ©rez
    Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780425290408, August 29, 2017 (Middle Grade)

    “Twelve-year-old María Luisa (aka Malú) has moved from Florida to Chicago with her mom. For Malú, ‘fitting in’ doesn’t fit on her list, as the first rule of punk is ‘be yourself.’ Celia C. Pérez takes the ‘new kid’ story and infuses it with freshness and terrific energy.”

    -Dave Shallenberger, Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)

    "Malú (short for María Louisa) straddles two worlds, punk music and record stores on her dad’s side, and academic achievement and Mexican culture on her mother’s side. When she lands at Posada Middle School, she finds herself on the outside again and takes on the school’s culture by starting her own punk band. I loved this blend of music, art, and family."

    -Laura Delaney, Rediscovered Books (Boise, ID)

    "The first rule of punk: be yourself. For Malú, this may end up being the hardest rule to follow. Trying to find her way in a new city and school is like navigating a cultural mine field she didn't know existed. Thankfully, no matter where she is she has her music and her zines. Filled with fun, expressive art work and strong, smart characters, The First Rule of Punk is sure to appeal to misfits everywhere."

    -Kate Schlademan, The Learned Owl Book Shop (Hudson, OH)

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