First Rule of Punk Tween Book Club at the Lansing Community Library

Tween Book Club – Take and Make

May 2021

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez follows 12-year old Malú through her experience as the new kid in middle school. From the publisher:

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!

This month’s kit comes with all you need to start making your own zines. Feel free to also use any markers, pens, stickers, or other materials you have in your house!

Materials included:

  • Paper
  • Stickers
  • Temporary tattoo
  • Guitar pen

Household materials needed:

  • scissors
  • additional art materials (optional)


All kits have been claimed. Many thanks to those who participated!