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Thomaston Public Library TEEN PEREZ (Text to phone) 34020142217767 Teen Nutmeg Available -
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Summary, etc.: 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.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12.
670L Lexile.
Study Program Information Note:
Reading Counts! 4.2.
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.5 7 190322.
Awards Note:
Nutmeg Award Nominee, Middle School (Teen), 2022.
School Library Journal's Best Books, 2017.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, 2018.
Horn Book Fanfare List, 2017.
Pura Belpré Author Honor, 2018.
Américas Award commended title, 2018.
Subject: Individuality Juvenile fiction
Friendship Juvenile fiction
Mexican Americans Juvenile fiction
Punk rock music Juvenile fiction
Bands (Music) Juvenile fiction
Middle schools Juvenile fiction
Schools Juvenile fiction
Chicago (Ill.) Juvenile fiction
Individuality Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Mexican Americans Fiction
Punk rock music Fiction
Bands (Music) Fiction
Middle schools Fiction
Schools Fiction
Chicago (Ill.) Fiction
Genre: Fiction.

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The First Rule of Punk
The First Rule of Punk
by Pérez, Celia C.
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The First Rule of Punk

The First Rule of Punk, a 2018 Pura Belpre 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 Malo (Maria 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 Malo 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, Malo 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
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