The First Rule of Punk
The First Rule of Punk

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Annotation: After Maria Luisa O'Neill-Morales moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago, she violates her school's dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurns the school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded friends.
Catalog Number: #147394
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 310 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-425-29040-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-98959-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-425-29040-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-98959-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017010474
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal Starred Review (Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 CDT 2017)
ALA Booklist (Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 CDT 2017)
Horn Book (Sun Apr 01 00:00:00 CDT 2018)
Pura Belpre Honor
Publishers Weekly
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
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Word Count: 50,745
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 190322 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:12.0 / quiz:Q71555
Lexile: 670L
Guided Reading Level: T
Fountas & Pinnell: T

A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book

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.


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