The First Rule of Punk
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.
While I had a different concept of zines in my head-- Malu's work seemed more like scrap booking to me-- the author is well know for her own zines. I can't say that I have ever seen a character like Malu in a middle grade novel, with her love of punk culture. I found myself identifying more with her mother (Go wash that gunk off your eyes, young lady, and put on a clean shirt!), but young readers will appreciate her attempts at remaining a free spirit.
Many of my students have requested displays of Hispanic literature for Octobers Hispanic Heritage Month, and this will be a good title to include along with Lopez' Confetti Girl, Rose's Look both ways in the Barrio Blanco , Cervantes' First and Last, Cartaya's The epic fail of Arturo Zamora, and the work of Gary Soto.