Thank you to Mary Quattlebaum for this feature in the KidsPost section of The Washington Post, and to Christine Hepperman for this review in my hometown paper, The Chicago Tribune!


Had a fun time doing this interview for Unladylike!


I had the opportunity to talk about STRANGE BIRDS recently with 100 Scope Notes, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine, and School Library Journal!


Thank you to Publishers Weekly for naming STRANGE BIRDS one of The Most Anticipated Children's and YA Books of Fall 2019!


LA PRIMERA REGLA DEL PUNK is out now from Vintage Español (also available as an audiobook!) And I’m pleased to share that it’s a Junior Library Guild Selection!


LA PRIMERA REGLA DEL PUNK will be out (along with the audiobook) on July 9, 2019! Super excited to have THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK translated into Spanish and published by Vintage Español!



Good news for all the musical fans out there! THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is in development for a musical at the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis! BMG, who represent lots of amazing musicians, will be involved as well. Read more about it here!


I am so pleased to finally be able to share the cover of STRANGE BIRDS! It was illustrated by the super talented Shannon Wright and designed by Dana Li at Penguin! Want to read more about the evolution of the story and take a quiz to find out which STRANGE BIRDS character you are? Check out my piece on the Nerdy Book Club blog!


So excited to see THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK on the 2020 Master List of the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award / Illinois Children’s Choice Award! Especially proud since I call Chicago home. Thank you for this honor!

In other news, the Spanish translation of THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK will be out this spring from Vintage Español! Keep an eye out for more news about LA PRIMERA REGLA DEL PUNK!


A belated happy new year! I have been busy working on my next book (and not updating this, obviously). Thank you to everyone for all the kind support of THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK over the past year. I am grateful to readers and to everyone who has shared and continues to share the book with children (and adults too!) Keep an eye out for news about my new book, STRANGE BIRDS, coming soon! It will be published by Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers on September 3, 2019. I can’t wait to share this book with you!


THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was included in the L.A. Times / Common Sense Media collaboration on How to Raise a Reader. Check out the bilingual guide to children's books. And on Brightly's 11 Contemporary Diverse Novels for Middle Grade Readers!


What an amazing surprise to learn that THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was selected a 2018 Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards honor book in the Fiction & Poetry category!  Honored to be among these fantastic books.




It was an honor to have my essay on the book that changed my life included in The Horn Book Magazine's Make A Different issue. My essay is one of several and they are all available on the Horn Book's website.


So many great things have been happening for THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK recently! I had the wonderful opportunity to be in Providence, Rhode Island for the kickoff celebration of their Kids Reading Across Rhode Island initiative. It was a lot of fun, and I met so many great people. I also got to see a readers theater adaptation of the book performed by a group of high school theater students! So cool!


I also participated in a conversation with Shelley Diaz of School Library Journal at the lovely Cafe con Libros book store in Brooklyn, Sponsored by Latinx in Publishing, the evening's proceeds were donated to the fundraising efforts of Boston-area librarian Sujei Lugo to be used for an ongoing project to build a community library in a rural area of Puerto Rico. If you're interested in helping out, they have a wishlist of books and other materials.

Latinas in kidlit at Cafe con Libros in Brooklyn.

Latinas in kidlit at Cafe con Libros in Brooklyn.

THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was selected as one of The Washington Post's KidPost Summer Book Club reads! And it's in great company!


THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is a 2018-2019 Lectio Book Award finalist! Honored to be on this list with so many of my favorites! 


Thrilled to be a 2018-2019 North Carolina Children's Book Award nominee! Thank you to the young readers who nominated THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK!


The Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) has published its summer reading lists for 2018. THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK joins some great books in the 6th-8th grade list!


THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is a 2018-2019 Project LIT Book Club selection! Project LIT is a community of educators working to increase access to diverse books and to foster a love of reading. Happy to have TFROP be a part of this initiative!


So happy to learn that THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is a 2018-2019 Sunshine State Young Readers Award book for grades 6-8!


What a cool honor to have THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK selected as the 2018 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island book! Thank you!


THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist! A huge thanks to the American Booksellers Association and to the 2018 jury members who selected it. I am filled with love and gratitude for indie bookstores and the support they've shown us!


Had a great time chatting with the youth services librarian who make the Is It Teen Enough For You Now podcast. Check out the interview! And if you like YA, check out past and future episodes of the podcast too!


Check out THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK featured in this week's episode of the Book Club for Kids podcast! 


Book Club for Kids podcast episode coming in February! And check out the guest celebrity reader! Chicago's own Mayor Emanuel.

Credit: City of Chicago/Brooke Collins

Credit: City of Chicago/Brooke Collins


I love Michelle Gonzalez's wonderful piece for Latino Rebels, THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK: The Most Important Book Published During the First Year of the Trump Presidency. What an honor. Thank you for this, Michelle! 


Thank you to author Meg Medina for inviting me to write a guest post for her blog. Check out my tour of Chicago in THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK!


THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is included in Barnes & Noble's BN Kids Blog as one of 10 Notable Middle Grade Books of 2017. Cool! 


What an honor to be selected one of the 2017 NERDIES in middle grade fiction along with so many other great 2017 books! Thank you to everyone who voted!


I had a great time chatting with Allyson McCabe of The Rumpus for the Sound & Vision column. We talked about punk, family, culture, and zine in THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK!

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Julie's follow up to my Kirkus interview last week is now up on her fantastic blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast! She's posted some images of zine originals from THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK. Check them out!

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Thanks to Julie Danielson for this fun interview on the Kirkus Reviews page! There will be a follow up with more original zine images on her fantastic blog, 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast, next week!


So excited to be named a Fall 2017 Flying Starts author by Publishers Weekly! 


What an honor to be included in this list of Best Books of 2017 for Young Readers compiled by the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. 


Thanks to the kind folks at Powell's Books for naming THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK one of the Best Kids' Books of 2017


Thanks to Mr. Schu, THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was in a recommended books for the holidays in...Men's Health! 



What a great surprise to see THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK included in this article from The Washington Post! These Books Can Help Build Strong Girls--And Boys--For Today's World. So many great books here!


Thank you to author Melissa Roske for inviting me to complete the Proust questionnaire for her blog! It was a lot of fun answering these questions. 


I was interviewed live on The Interview Show at The Hideout here in Chicago along with MacArthur Genius and all-around amazing architect Jean Gang and two-time Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey! What an honor!



Thank you to Samantha for this beautiful, heartfelt review on her Book Beat blog. "I stopped writing because I wasn’t reading books by people like me and didn’t think it was possible for a person like me to even be a writer. Who would want to write, let alone read a book about a Mexican girl?" #browngirlsrock 



One of the best experiences I've had making zines for so many years is developing friendships that have lasted. Despite living in different parts of the country, I have kept up with a handful of zinesters over the years through letters and zines. This past week I received this beautiful piece of art made by one of my oldest zines friends. I love everything about this, but especially the little Malú worry doll! 



How cool is this? The mom of a California 5th grader whose class was reading the book made conchas for the class at his request. They look yummy, and I love that they perfectly match the cover!




Malú rides the Pink Line! The Pink Line goes around the Loop and west through Pilsen, a historically Mexican neighborhood that was partly the inspiration for Malú’s new home. As a regular CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) rider I love this opportunity to share my book in such a cool way. Thank you to Books on the L!


One of the greatest honors I had in writing THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK and seeing it become a real live book was the opportunity to work with and amazing team of Latinas including my editor, my agent and the cover illustrator. There's a great feature over on Bustle about this experience! Thanks to Kerri Jared for The Latina Team Behind 'The First Rule of Punk' Created Something For The Kids They Used to Be.


The audiobook edition of THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK, from Recorded Books, is out in the world! It's read by the super talented actress, Trini Alvarado! It's available wherever audiobooks are sold. And check out the cool cover!




I wrote a guest post for the Kidliterati blog about my "writing process." They're giving a way a signed copy of THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK so be sure to enter the raffle before it closes!


This is THE coolest. A middle school student from Texas dressed up as Malú for Halloween! Halloween is my favorite holiday so this is such an honor! Big thanks to her school librarian for sharing this!




Love being included in Brightly's Read Globally list of 15 Beautiful Books That Introduce Mexican Culture and History to Kids


It was a lot of fun to do this interview of School Library Journal with Jennifer Mathieu, the author of the new YA novel Moxie (whose protagonist also makes zines!) They've Got Moxie: In Conversation with Celia C. Pérez and Jennifer Mathieu.


My interview with the Books Between podcast was included in Matthew Winner's Top 10 Tuesday: Podcast Interviews with Hispanic and Latinx Bookmakers. That's some good company to be in!


What a great list to be on! Brightly's 17 New Authors of Color Writing Much-Needed Stories for Kids.


THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK got a sweet shout out from John Green in Parade Magazine's 3 Page Turners for All Ages.


Super honored to have THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK selected as the ONE CITY, ONE BOOK read for Pleasant Hill, California! All 5th graders in the city will get a copy of the book and there will be more give away in the library. 


Honored to be the featured children's author for October on the Chicago Public Library's website. And THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is Kids Staff Pick for October too! Cool!


THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is included in the Chicago Public Library's MUSIC: THE BEAT OF OUR CITY list of musical books for kids!


THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is a 2017-2018 Chicago Public Schools Battle of the Books title for 7th-8th grade! I feel like I've died and gone to heaven. What an honor!


Thank you to Lettycia Terrones for this most thoughtful and beautifully written look at THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK over at the Latinxs in Kid Lit blog


Check out THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK in the Chicago Public Library's Neighborhood Girls: New Teen Books by Chicago Authors list!


Thank you to the Latinxs in Kid Lit blog for the Spotlight on Middle Grade Authors feature! 


THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was featured on School Library Journal's Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery blog!


Q&A on #OurVoces blog series featuring Latinx and Hispanic kid lit authors!


Thank you to A Mighty Girl for including THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK with so many of my favorites in its 45 Empowering Books Starring Latina Mighty Girls!


Completely out of order but I forgot to include it when it aired. I was interviewed by the lovely Corrina Allen for episode #33 of Books Between! One of my favorite podcasts so this was super fun to do.

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Honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to talk about THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK and diversity in books with veteran Chicago journalist Sue Ontiveros for her Chicago Sun-Times column. 


THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was featured in mitú's "Fierce Boss Ladies" column. A huge thanks to Raquel Richard for this lovely feature!

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Thank you to Betsy Bird at School Library Journal's A Fuse #8 Production Blog for featuring THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK as its Review of the Day!


Happy Latinx / Latino / Hispanic Heritage Month! Thank you to School Library Journal for including THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK in its list of 23 YA and Middle Grade Books to Honor Hispanic Heritage Month! If you're looking for more titles, we're also on Brightly's 14 New Children's and YA Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!


Thank you, Colby Sharp, for including THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK in Not On The Yarn

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I was interviewed by Kelly McEvers for NPR's All Things Considered. What an honor! Audio and transcript are available online now.

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"Sorry, Mom, I'm an Aspiring Punk Rocker": THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was reviewed by Nell Beram for the back-to-school section of The New York Times Book Review!



THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was reviewed in the September issue of the long running punk fanzine Maximum RocknRoll!


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Thank you to all the wonderful blogs and bloggers who featured THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK on its two week blog tour!

August 21 – Books 4 Your Kids 

August 22 – Here’s to Happy Endings

August 23 – Boricuan Bookworms

August 24 – Teachers Who Read 

August 25 – Margie’s Must Reads 

August 28 – The Reading Nook Reviews 

August 29 – The Novel Hermit 

August 30 – Teen Librarian Toolbox

August 31 – YA Book Central 

September 1 – The YA Book Traveler


Feature by Heidi Stevens in The Chicago Tribune! 'Chicago librarian captures punk aesthetic, Latino culture in new kids' book'.



Thanks to the American Booksellers Association and Indies Introduce committee member Laura Delaney for this Indies Introduce Q&A!



A lovely review of THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK over at Mrs. Knott's Book Nook!


It was a lot fun to put together How to Make a Zine: A Kid-Friendly DIY Guide for the Brightly site. Now go make a zine!


Thank you Phil at Change the Rotation blog for the interview! We chat about zines, punk, librarianship, and THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK!


"'The First Rule of Punk' Celebrates Feisty, Soyrizo Loving Latina Girl"! I was interviewed about THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK for NBC Latino! 


What an honor to be a part of the Autumn 2017 Kids' Indie Next List with all these amazing titles! Thank you, American Booksellers Association!



This review from Michelle Gonzales--Chicana punk, author, teacher--is worth infinite stars. Thank you, Michelle!


A starred review from Publishers Weekly!



Super honored to be the Book of the Week at the Cooperative Children's Book Center! If you don't know about them and their amazing work in tracking diversity in publishing, check them out!



The First Rule of Punk in the Ms. Magazine blog's 10 Summer Reads for Young Feminists. Honored to be on this list with such amazing company!


Featured #BookTalk on Reading with Mr. Sharp! Cool!



Lots of awesome stuff happening today for THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK!

Included in 10 Bitch Approved Books You Must Read in August over at the BITCHMEDIA website.

Included in Must-Read August New Releases on the Book Riot website.

Included in Amazon's Best Books of the Month for ages 9-12.


Featured in a Q&A on Travis Jonker's 100 Scope Notes blog over at the School Library Journal website!



A lovely starred review from School Library Journal! Thank you!



Kicking it back to April. Forgot to link to this lovely little nugget from Loud Women ezine on the other side of the pond! Thanks for the shout out!


Great review love from the folks at Owl Crate in their May Reading Wrap Up!


Starred review for The First Rule of Punk from Kirkus Review!


How cool is that? Excited to be in such great company and thankful to the selecting committee, made up of independent booksellers, for this honor. Blurbs from some of the committee members can be found here.



10 Exciting New Middle Grade Books with Latinx Main Characters (via Brightly)


9 2017 Releases From Latinx Authors To Add To Your TBR This Women's History Month

Honored to be included in this list of 2017 releases by Latinxs in honor of Women's History Month (via Bustle)!


The First Rule of Punk featured in Publishers Weekly's Fall 2017 Children's Sneak Previews


Publisher's Weekly Rights Report: September 12, 2016

I wrote a book! And it's going to be published by Viking!