The First Rule of Punk

The First Rule of Punk

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Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2017
ISBN: 9780425290408
Branch Call Number: J PEREZ
Characteristics: 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Malú is a zine-making, punk rocker, which she attributes to her dad. And she’s Mexican American, but maybe not quite Mexican enough to keep her mom happy. When figuring out where she fits in at her new middle school, she tries to adhere to the first rule of punk: be yourself!

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IndyPL_SarahL Mar 05, 2020

This is a wholesome middle grade novel about cultural identity and staying true to your unique self. This book is also a great example of a book for young readers that functions as a, "window and mirror" that shows the trials and triumphs of a modern Mexican American girl. Teachers, parents and punks alike will enjoy this while learning a little something about zines and Mexican punk bands.

Apr 09, 2019

Cute, cheerful and interesting!

JessicaGma Jun 08, 2018

IT's always so great to read a middle grade novel that doesn't make you want to claw your eyes out. This is a brilliant look at Punk, identity and trying to stay true to yourself when pulled in many different ways. I loved this one and will be recommending it heavily

ArapahoeMary Sep 19, 2017

Maria Luísa (who prefers to be called Malú) loves punk rock. She does NOT love her mom's attempts at helping her know and appreciate her Mexican heritage. So when Malú and her mom (whom she calls "SuperMexican") move to Chicago for a two year stay, she's naturally upset. But when the school principal bans Malú and her new friends from playing in the school talent show because they're too loud, she finds she might be able to combine her love for punk rock AND her Mexican heritage to make a powerful statement. Interspersed with Malú's handmade zines, this is a story that will resonate with many kids struggling with being who they want to be and meeting parent expectations. May also inspire some to create zines of their own!

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Aug 18, 2017

This book spoke to me on a personal level. I was totally Malu in later middle and high school, complete with a mom who, though loving, could not understand my music choices, clothes, and ideas. And look at me now! But seriously, not only do I think this book is important for kids who feel, "other than," it is just done really well. Fantastic characterization, realistic dialogue, and Malu's zines breaking up the text a bit (good for reluctant readers). I could see this one appealing to fans of Roller Girl and Raina Telgemeier when they're ready for something a bit meatier.

SchoolCorps1 Aug 17, 2017

The author shares great instructions here on how to make a zine!


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