Book Tour

The First Rule of Punk

Author: Celia C. Pérez

Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Pérez, 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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For my post on the The First Rule of Punk blog tour, I opted to create a Bookish Style Board.  While I was growing up (and even now), I really loved pretty much anything punk, from music to clothes, and I thought it would be so much fun to put an awesome outfit together to go along with the book.

Here is a list of the products I included in my Bookish Style Board (all available on Amazon), in case you want to check them out:

Blondie Mic Fitted Jersey Tee

Pretty Attitude Women’s Studded Punk Style PU Leather Slim Fit Moto Jacket

Rider 83 Women’s Military Lace Up Studded Combat Boot – Mid Calf

Pulama Skulls Mini Studded Leather Clutch Designer Shoulder Bag

Leather Silver Tone Metal Stud Simple Elegant Wrap Around Bracelet

J2 LOVE Side Ripped Stretch Cotton Leggings

Chouyatou Women’s A-Line Plaid Wool Blend Pleated Skirt

Celia C. Pérez has been making zines inspired by punk and her love of writing for longer than some of you have been alive. Her favorite zine supplies are a long-arm stapler, glue sticks, and watercolor pencils. She still listens to punk music, and she’ll never stop picking cilantro out of her food at restaurants. Originally from Miami, Florida, Celia lives in Chicago with her family and works as a community college librarian. She owns two sets of worry dolls because you can never have too many. The First Rule of Punk is her first book for young readers.

Week One:

August 21 – Books 4 Your Kids – Review

August 22 – Here’s to Happy EndingsThe First Rule of Punk Style Board

August 23 – Boricuan Bookworms – Review & Mini Zine

August 24 – Teachers Who Read – Review

August 25 – Margie’s Must Reads – Author Q&A

Week Two:

August 28 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Review

August 29 – The Novel Hermit – Review

August 30 – Teen Librarian Toolbox – Review

August 31 – YA Book Central – Excerpt

September 1 – The YA Book Traveler – Review


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4 Responses to Blog Tour: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez – Bookish Style Board

  1. This book sounds like a blast! I love books like this that are inspiring for kids. Your style board is perfect for this one, and I could totally see the main character wearing this based on that synopsis! 🙂

  2. This book looks absolutely adorable. Great job on the bookish storyboard. I think it captures the vibe of the novel quite well.

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