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The First Rule of Punk
The First Rule of Punk | Celia C. Perez
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From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. P�rez, 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 Mal� (Mar�a 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 Mal� 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, Mal� 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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quietjenn
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Such a week. Hoping to do very little today and tomorrow!

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Eggs
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Maria Luisa (MaLu) loves punk music, clothes, attitude, and making zines. She and some of her friends are called Coconuts 🥥 (brown outside, white inside) in their Chicago middle school. But that doesn‘t stop MaLu and friends‘ band The Co-Co‘s...

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TracyReadsBooks
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So excited to start planning our first author visit of the 2019/2020 school year!!! Celia Pérez is going to stop by & talk about her new MG book Strange Bird: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers which is a story about four friends who form an alternate Scout troop & then adventure ensues. It‘s out September 2nd & this will be a great way to start the school year! The tagged book was her first for young readers & is now going on my TBR stack.

suzisteffen !!!!! 4mo
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tjwill
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#bookmail going in my #classroomlibrary! My book buying ban went out with a bang! 😂

JoScho Classroom books don‘t count 12mo
tjwill @JoScho Thank you for that! 😁 12mo
Daisey @JoScho I like the way you think! I tend to use this reasoning a lot. I don‘t buy many books just for myself (although it has increased with Litsy), but I will buy stacks for my class library. 12mo
JoScho @Daisey I am exactly the same way! 12mo
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Matilda
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#riotgrams June 15: maps, legend, or bonus art (awesome MG read filled with the MC‘s zine pages)

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Matilda
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#riotgrams june 11: naked hardcovers

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BookInMyHands
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Malú is moving away from her dad to Chicago with her mom for two years- her “SuperMexican” mom. Malú loves punk and making zines, but she doesn‘t feel “Mexican enough,” struggles to speak español, and she‘s still learning about her culture.

Can Malú make friends so far from home, get her mom to understand her little better, and still be her punk self?
#awardwinner

37/100 #crossculturalstories read

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WellReadCatLady
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Cute middle grade book! Trying to find books my niece would like to read during the summer and also be about Mexican culture since she thinks it‘s a religion despite being half mexican herself. So if you have any recommendations for a 9 year old Latina who is working on reading better please let me know!

emtobiasz Haven‘t read this one yet, but 1y
WellReadCatLady @emtobiasz yess! Thank you. Will def check them out! 1y
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Chelsibno
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I really enjoyed this middle grade novel! Maria Luisa (Malu) isn‘t thrilled to be moving to Chicago with her mother. Her mom just doesn‘t get her artistic, punk lifestyle, & neither do most of her classmates at her new middle school. But when Malu finds out about the school talent show, she decides to form her own punk band. I loved the main character and think she‘s really relatable. The use of zines throughout the novel added a unique quality.

pocketmermaid One of my favorite reads from last year! My ARC didn‘t have a few of the zines finished, so I keep meaning to pick up a finished copy! 1y
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Bkwrm7
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Every year YALSA's the HUB runs a challenge to encourage people to read young adult award winners and titles from selected lists from the previous year. It's been a couple years since I've attempted this, but several books on the list were on my TBR anyway so I'm gonna give it a shot this year. #hubchallenge #yalit Link for more info if anyone else is interested: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2018/03/01/2018-hub-reading-challenge-begins-tod...

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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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Really cute book. The writing was maybe a little simple, but it is a middle grade book.

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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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Getting a little reading in with my snuggle buddy. Let's see if this book breaks the slump...

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Hoopiefoot
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My last book of 2017 is this adorable middle grade book about a girl finding herself through punk. It was so cute!

Edit: Just realized this book came to me through inter-library loan from a tiny rural library. It warms my heart to think of some kid finding it and also loving it ❤️

BookMaven407 ❤️ 2y
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suvata
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Cute middle-grade book with an excellent message: Be Yourself

Cathythoughts I heard a good one once : Be Yourself ! Everyone else is taken ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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kimberly.burke
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⚡️ Sweet stack of MG spines ⚡️

#weneeddiversebooks #middlegrade

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KaraDunn
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An adorable middle reader about 12 year old Malu, a girl who loves punk rock, zines, and skateboarding, and wishes her mother would stop trying to turn her into a perfect little señorita. This book features so many of my favorite things: Chicago, coffee shops, diverse heroines, and books written by librarians ?

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brownekr
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Last book of September, sneaking in just under the wire, and a TRUE DELIGHT.

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juliemhowe
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Perfect page for the first day of fall 🍂🍁🎃

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Bookbeez
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Mom, aka SuperMexican, wants Malú to be una señorita and appreciate her roots. Malú wants to be herself, punk rock, which means hold the cilantro and nix the Spanish. A cute coming of age story in which Malú navigates a new school, new city, and what it really means to be herself--roots and all. #middlegrade #library #diversereads ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

RestlessFickleBookHoarder Stacked and purchased. I need to read this. 2y
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katcanwrite
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5⭐️! I loved this story about Malú and her quest to be punk. Joe was a great character (and I ADORE Mrs. Hidalgo), and the way that Perez gives each character a complete "self" -- no one feels flat. (I admit to being puzzled / frustrated by the slowness of the audiobook narrator's speaking voice for Malú, but it was nothing a little speeding up couldn't fix)

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Bookbeez
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My afternoon read today. Super cute, so far. As an adult in my 30s, I enjoy reading YA and middle grade and reminding myself how nice it is to not be in school. Adulting sucks at times, but at least we have wine.

TrishB 😂😂 2y
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Citymouse
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My first post is also one of my top three middle grade books of the year! Looking forward to selling this delightful book tomorrow.

RaimeyGallant Yes! Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon :) A bunch of us posted Litsy Tips yesterday. Check my post, five down from the top. #LitsyLove 2y
Jess7 Welcome 2y
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Matilda
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Okay so if like me you enjoy reading MG/kids books --or you know actually have kids-- I love the newsletter The Kids Are All Right: http://link.bookriot.com/view/56a82008e661f06c6e8c3d7e66mfm.6b8/341eb374

Tamra Thanks for posting this book & link - looks great for my kids! 2y
rubyslippersreads ❤️🐰🐱 2y
WarpedSweetness I wish my kids were interested in reading. I try everything to get them interested and they could care less. 2y
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Matilda @WarpedSweetness sometimes it just takes that one comic or book they finally connect with but I've also seen it work to not try to get them to read so much as just have books around a lot and be a reader they see reading. 2y
WarpedSweetness @Matilda I used to read to them in the womb, and when they were just babies all the time. My strategy has been to just buy books or borrow from the library that I think they find interesting and hope they'll read them. 2y
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bookloaner
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Got up early enough to read a little bit and started this! I love this neon bright cover so much and have high hopes for the book. Happy Thursday!

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abbylibrarian
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Need something lighter after the last book 😰 and this cover seems promising! 😜#24in48
Not gonna make it to 24 hours but will make my personal goal of 20 hours! 5 books read + most of an audiobook (so far!).

pocketmermaid LOVED this one! 2y
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TirzahPrice
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My Fourth of July TBR is very Team Full Circle Literary! I ❤️ my literary agency!

rachelm That Wild Beauty cover is just 😍 2y
MarticaMustRead 😍... totally agree with @rachelm!! Gorgeous!! 2y
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MGarciaWrites
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"Mom says my music is a racket, but to me it's like the theme music to my life."

Sktrue3 This is my favorite MG book of 2017!!!🤘🏼 2y
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abbylibrarian
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Epic #middlegrade #bookmail today!! So excited to pick these up! (Dinosaur is my own!) #penguinpicks

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Sktrue3
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The first rule about reading the book The First Rule of Punk is that you will LOVE it. This story has everything: emotion, wit, culture, intelligence, heart and a fantastic soundtrack (make a playlist might be rule 2). I can't wait to see the final artwork in the finished copy because I love Malú's zine so much. I learned a lot from reading this while still being reminded of my own childhood experiences.

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pocketmermaid
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This was waiting for me when I got into work this morning! I am so excited for this release! #galleybrag

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Matilda
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#Riotgrams June 6: number titles

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Matilda
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#bookmail this looks soooooo good! (August, Viking)

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