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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; 1 edition (July 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738714712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738714714
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Micol Ostow (New York City) has written more than thirty-five published works for children and young adults. So Punk Rock was inspired by the thirteen years of Jewish day school that she and her brother David experienced. Micol is currently pursuing an MFA in writing through Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaching YA writing up and down the Eastern seaboard. For more information, visit www.MicolOstow.com or www.KosherPunkRock.com.



Illustrator David Ostow (Hoboken, New Jersey) was trained as an architect.  He currently works at a large design firm in New York City and also illustrates on a freelance basis.  So Punk Rock is his first literary endeavor. Visit David at www.DavidOstow.com or at www.KosherPunkRock.com.

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More About the Author

Micol Ostow is half Puerto Rican, half Jewish, half editor, half writer, half chocolate, half peanut butter. When she is under deadline, she is often half asleep. She believes that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts except in the case of Chubby Hubby ice cream. She lives in New York City, where she practices liberal consumption of coffee, cheese, and chocolate.

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Micol Ostow is a great writer.
Sarah Woodard
This fun yet meaty novel will appeal to teens, and might also make an interesting selection for a book discussion group.
Jewish Book World Magazine
I picked up this book after reading about it and thinking "Oy vey, that sounds fun!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on July 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ready for a new read? Not sure if you want a regular novel or a graphic novel next? Pick up SO PUNK ROCK (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), a novel by Micol Ostow with art by David Ostow, and learn how you can rock on - in a totally kosher way, of course.

Ari Abramson wants to be cool. He thinks being in a band will help, so he recruits three other kids from his Jewish day school: his best friend Jonas, who is cool without even trying, a classmate named Yossi because he has drums, and Yossi's younger sister, Reena, who has a surprisingly good singing voice. Together, they form the Tribe. Soon, they can play a ska version of Hava Nagila. Kind of.

So Punk Rock totally rocks. I dig this hybrid novel. It's funny, it's thoughtful, and it's just plain cool. It will definitely appeal to teen guys AND girls. It reads like a 'normal' book, with chapters and Ari's first-person narration, plus it has black-and-white illustrations: sidebars, pictures of the band members, doodles and lists from Ari's notebook when they're trying to come up with band names, and a hilarious glossary.

But don't take my word for it: Read an excerpt from the book and check out some of the illustrations at the website kosherpunkrock.com

The creators of So Punk Rock are siblings. Micol Ostow makes Ari a down-to-Earth every-guy, easy to relate to and befriend, and David Ostow makes art that will catch your eye and crack you up. How cool is it that a brother and sister teamed up to make something like this together? (And can you imagine what might happen if they collaborated on a project with another fantastic sister-brother author-artist team, Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, the creators of the Babymouse graphic novels?) To put it simply, the Ostows rock, and so does So Punk Rock.

And now I'm singing Hava Nagila again...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Woodard on August 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Despite his dreams of hipster rock glory, Ari Abramson's band, the Tribe, is more white bread than indie-cred. Made up of four suburban teens from a wealthy Jewish school, their Mötley Crüe is about as hardcore as SAT prep and scripture studies.
But after a one-song gig at a friend's Bar Mitzvah--a ska cover of "Hava Nagilah"--the Tribe's popularity erupts overnight. Now, Ari is forced to navigate a minefield of inflated egos, misplaced romance, and the shallowness of indie-rock elitism. It's a hard lesson in the complex art of playing it cool.
So Punk Rock is one of the funniest books that I have read in a while. Ari is a sweet and naive person. I found his crush on Sari to be predictable. Jonas... really annoyed me. I loved Reena, she was funny and sincere. Yossi was entertaining and unpredictable. The plot was full of twist and turns. Overall it surprised me. Micol Ostow is a great writer. Her book was really original and had a special spark. David Ostow's comics were amazing and the simplicity was great. I really enjoyed this book and you'll love it, if you want a quick laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on December 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book combines a graphic novel with a regular novel. The story shows the relationship between four teens who start a band called "The Tribe". The main character Ari Abramson is the mastermind behind the band. He wants to be cool and impress a girl called Sari. He enlists the help of three other students from his Jewish Day school. Jonas is his best friend and has no trouble being cool. Yossi plays the drums and his sister, Reena, who belongs to the school choir will be the singer. They get their chance to show their talents when they play at a friend's Bar Mitzvah. Everyone was so impressed that they became an overnight sensation. Read the book to find out more. You will be very impressed.

The illustrations placed throughout the book were hilarious. There were some terms in the book that I was not familiar with since I am not of the Jewish faith. The authors provided a glossary that was not only informative but very funny. I usually do not read graphic novels but I did not skip any of graphics that were in the book.
Check out the site [...] to see some of the illustrations and read about the authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Granite City Green Guy on February 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read YA novels on airplanes or when I'm too tired to concentrate on anything else, in part because a librarian friend keeps recommending good titles and in part because I want to have things to recommend to my kids. So Punk Rock was a good read-- funny, witty graphic novel inserts, and characters that seemed a bit more real than in many from the genre. Despite my having gone through the teen rocker wannabe phase myself over 25 years ago, I could relate to Ari's dreams and insecurities. Most of the characters were pretty easy to map to analogues in my own memories. The only real departure was the socio-economic context and the Jewish setting for the novel, both of which struck me as realistic and interesting. I'd recommend this title to any YA reader interested in a slice-of-life snapshot of this different world and/or anyone with dreams of becoming a rock star at age 16. No real drama or conflict here, other than the typical band tensions and the inner turmoil of a lovelorn teen. But what more do you need, really?
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