In Meg Medina’s compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school — and must discover resources she never knew she had.
One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is.
Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Merci Suárez Changes Gears, which was also a 2018 Kirkus Prize finalist. Her young adult novels include Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which won the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award; Burn Baby Burn, which was long-listed for the National Book Award; and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. She is also the author of picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book, and Tía Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.
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A nuanced, heart-wrenching and ultimately empowering story about bullying....Interweaving themes of identity, escapism and body image, Medina takes what could be a didactic morality tale and spins it into something beautiful: a story rich in depth and heart...Far more than just a problem novel, this book sheds light on a serious issue without ever losing sight of its craft. —Kirkus Reviews
A powerful read! As tough and honest as its title, this novel takes an unflinching look at the unjust and cruel consequences of bullying. The story of Piddy Sanchez’s transformation is full of the kind of truth teen readers will instantly recognize. I highly recommend it. —James Howe
I cried and cheered for Piddy in equal measure. Medina perfectly captures the devastating impact of bullying—and the powerful influence of kindness in recovery. I love this book and miss Piddy already! —Jo Knowles
Poignant, powerful, pull-your-heart-apart sad, snort-out-your-nose funnya nuanced, honest telling of how courage and choice can triumph over the hell of being bullied. —Carrie Jones, Author of the Need series and co-editor of Dear Bully
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass 5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
All I can say is, what a great book to read! right from the very start, this book is definitely able to pull readers in, grasp their attention, and not let it go. It's basically one of those books where you have to struggle to put it down. This is a very excellent book that I would recommend to young adults who enjoy taking their time to read and maybe have gone through with some social/people issues of their own. This book treats readers to the Latin culture among the characters. As you might already know from the title, it is a book about bullying and it's not like all the book out there about bullying. This one in my opinion, really stands out and above the others. In the book, Piddy Sanchez is a normal teenager just going to school and keeping to herself and thanks to her caring mom, she's able find and go to a nice school that she'll be able to adjust to since all the moving around from trying to find a new house to live in. Piddy's mother wants nothing more than for her daughter to be a "lady" and will stop at nothing.
When Piddy starts to run into some danger and problems of her own at school and inside her household from the people she thought she could once count on, she has to start deciding what to do and who she can go to. With the close group of women in the story, Piddy is able to get advice and help from the family that she can always count on to have by her side. This book will not only entertain you and grab your attention, but it will send a strong message through to any reader interested in the book. It’s definitely a must read book!
More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much i wouldn't put it down until i finished it! Amazing story line, sad but true, and it really captures your attenion in every way. No doubt a 5 star book! :)
More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I won't soon forget Piddy Sanchez or her wonderful, vibrant, often fraught community. Meg Medina's self-assured writing and pitch perfect voice wonderfully convey the strength of family, the depth of pain, the trauma of fear, and the power of love.