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We know that back-to-school jitters aren’t limited to those new to school. Fortunately, there are chapter books that tackle the ups-and-downs of school for middle grade and tween readers too.
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez tackles the challenges of a new school in a new city as faced by twelve-year-old Malú. When her mom accepts a visiting position as a professor in Chicago for two years, Malú leaves sunny Florida and her father behind to face seventh grade as the new kid. Things get off to a rocky start as she tries to follow the first rule of punk: be yourself. However, once she recruits a few other misfits to form a punk band (The Co-Co’s) and audition for the school talent show (despite only a week to rehearse with a drummer who technically has never played the drums), things start to look better. The unconventional Co-Co’s don’t make the cut but Malú is determined to rock on, though the obstacles are considerable. This engaging book explores questions of identity, mothers and daughters, and living up to expectations in a way that is will resonate with tweens.
Other recommended books include:
The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School by Emily Jenkins
Mercy Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Wonder by R.J. Palacio