The First Rule of Punk — 6 Comments

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, especially hearing the audio version. My ability to pronounce Spanish words is weak. Had I read the book, I would have been glossing over the Spanish words. The narrator’s accent, I’m guessing, helped with the authenticity of the story.
Twelve-year-old Malú’s parents are divorced, and she finds herself dealing with several other issues: a move to a new city and school, a mean girl, making friends, her Mexican heritage (and her mom’s pressure to embrace it) and her desire to challenge the norm in how she looks and acts. It seems many late elementary and early middle school girls would be able to relate with Malú’s struggles. It might also be a good story for students who find themselves teetering between two cultures.

    I do have the print version of the book, and enjoy looking at the zine’s Malú created. The visuals and the directions at the end of the book on how to make a zine is a special bonus. This book could be used for a read aloud or small group. Creating one’s own zines could be a good project to accompany this book.

  2. I LOVED this book! Malu has a hard time finding her place until she realizes she isn’t “alone”. Her new band mates quickly become her friends and she realizes that it is all about believing in yourself and sticking with the plan. I love the Spanish aspect of the book and I think the kids will LOVE the zines. It’s great that the author put the “how-to” instructions in the back of the book!
    5 stars *****

  3. Of all the books, I enjoyed this one most for it’s talk of layered identity. It does a good job of explaining choices between individual and group identity. Malu’ struggle is something that any person reading would connect with, and the book manages to highlight the excitement and fun of figuring out who you are, when so many books seem to treat it as an entirely negative struggle, or personal war. It also did a great job of using the zines to move the story along as well as to generate visual interest and summarize Malu’s thoughts. Two thumbs up!

  4. I liked this book! After Malu’s move, she has a hard time finding her place. She is part hispanic, part white and that makes for some confusion to who she is for her to figure out. She does and she brings her friends with her as they hold an alternative fiesta and in the end, she learns to be herself. Good message for middle schoolers/upper elementary readers.

  5. This book was great!!! I had many kids enjoy the book Roller Girl and they will like this one more. Malu has the courage and guts to do what she believes. It’s important for all kids to understand how it is to fit in and be the new kid. This book showed strong family ties, culture & of course the drama in middle school. I loved her spunk and attitude. 5 stars *****

  6. I love Malu’s spunk! She puts together a band, and they “fail” during tryouts, due to a narrow minded Principal. They defy administration in a smart, respectful way, and the world is better for it. This is a fun, fast read. Fun illustrations! With our ever growing Hispanic readership, I am hoping this book will have a high circulation in our rural elementary library. 5 stars

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