The First Rule of Punk

Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
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Roller Girl meets School of Rock in this middle grade novel about identity, friendship, and riot-grrrl power by librarian and debut author Celia C. Perez.

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, 12-year-old Malu (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 Malu 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, Malu 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!

©2017 Celia C. Perez (P)2017 Recorded Books
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Great Story but who edited?

This story is too precious not to have better sound editing. The narrator was incredible, however one can hear every breath she takes as she reads. It’s quite distracting and disrespectful to the performer and story. Maybe the publishers would consider a remix?

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Great Book on Intersectional Identity!

I recommend this book for all the Latinx punks, artists, weirdos and outsiders. This story is great about being true to yourself and finding your crew along the way.

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An unforgettable and dynamic main character

Malu' is an unforgettable and dynamic character who transcends identity politics with their kind heart. Malu's supporting characters are not only diverse... but they all add depth to Malu's story. And, I love how LatinX FolXs are celebrated in this fictional story of self-acceptance!

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You had me at Punk

We enjoyed the book...
We were drawn in by the title and it delivered!! the story was well-told and totally relatable.