Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

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Annotation: Informed that a bully she does not know is determined to beat her up because of her pale skin, good grades and lack of accent, Latin American teen Piddy struggles to stay on top of a busy work schedule and learn more about the father she has never met until the bully's gang forces her to confront more difficutl challenges.
Catalog Number: #82389
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: High Low High Low
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 260 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-7164-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-81923-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-7164-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-81923-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2012943645
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
When Piedad "Piddy" Sanchez hears that Yaqui Delgado is going to crush her, she has no idea why she has become a target of one of the roughest girls in her new Queens school. But Yaqui tells everyone Piddy is a skank who shakes her ass when she walks, and as the bullying escalates from threats to physical attacks, Piddy finds herself living in constant fear. A strong student with a bright future at her old school, Piddy starts skipping school, and her grades nosedive. After a truly upsetting attack on Piddy is uploaded to YouTube, she realizes this isn't a problem she can solve on her own. Medina authentically portrays the emotional rigors of bullying through Piddy's growing sense of claustrophobic dread, and even with no shortage of loving, supportive adults on her side, there's no easy solution. With issues of ethnic identity, class conflict, body image, and domestic violence, this could have been an overstuffed problem novel; instead, it transcends with heartfelt, truthful writing that treats the complicated roots of bullying with respect.
Publishers Weekly
Largely invented troubles that could be solved with any two characters having honest conversations serve as the skimpy framework for the plot of Ross-s 14th Miss Julia novel (after 2012-s Miss Julia to the Rescue). Miss Julia Murdoch, the Gladys Kravitz of Abbotsville, N.C., spends her October collecting recipes and arranging unsolicited cooking lessons for extended family member and recent mother of twins Hazel Marie, after the latter-s housekeeper, James, is injured in a fall. James-s mysterious mail, Hazel Marie-s PI husband-s potential philandering, and the intrusive presence of Hazel Marie-s uncle all provide fodder for Miss Julia-s meddling. A collection of four dozen recipes and household hints with diverting commentary brightens the otherwise contrived story. Readers seeking a mystery with quirky Southern characters would be better served by the works of Donna Andrews or Carolyn Haines. 8-city author tour. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Apr.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 7 Up&12; Piedad Sanchez moved at the beginning of her sophomore year, and a few weeks into classes at her new school a girl comes up to say that "Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass." As a first line, it sets the focus for Piddy, who has always had friends, gotten good grades, and managed quite well in her old school. There's no real reason for the enmity, but the threat is more than real and begins to permeate Piddy's life. Gradually readers see that her mother's best friend, who works at a hair salon and has been her support, is the only adult who even has a clue about what is going on. The Queens, New York, neighborhood is solidly Hispanic and the language reflects the culture. Piddy does a downward spiral as the torment gets increasingly worse. The school reaction and the dilemma she faces are realistically portrayed. Yaqui can get to her in and out of school, and she is vulnerable to being terrorized by a whole group of Yaqui supporters. The way that the abuse and threats impact Piddy to try to become a bad girl herself is logically presented. The plight of a pair of abandoned kittens parallels her own loneliness and loss. The Latino cultural milieu adds a richness and texture that lifts this up above many problem novels. The plot points are dexterously intertwined, and the characters are distinct. A real bonus for those looking for a bullying book for older readers that is not simplistic.&12; Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A nuanced, heart-wrenching and ultimately empowering story about bullying. When 15-year old Piedad Sanchez's mother moves them to another part of Queens, Piddy is unprepared for the bullying that awaits her at her new school. Yaqui Delgado doesn't know Piddy but decides she's stuck-up and shakes her ass when she walks—accusations weighty enough to warrant a full-fledged bullying campaign. As her torments escalate, readers feel the intensity of Piddy's terror in her increasingly panicked first-person narration. 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. Piddy's ordeal feels 100-percent authentic; there are no easy outs, no simple solutions. Displaying a mature understanding of consequences and refreshingly aware (no deducing supporting characters' feelings before the protagonist, here), Piddy also exhibits an age-appropriate sense of vulnerability. The prose is both honest ("growing up is like walking through glass doors that only open one way—you can see where you came from but can't go back") and exquisitely crafted ("Fear is my new best friend. It stands at my elbow in chilly silence"). Far more than just a problem novel, this book sheds light on a serious issue without ever losing sight of its craft. (Fiction. 13-18)
Word Count: 55,599
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 157469 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.2 / points:15.0 / quiz:Q60301
Lexile: HL670L

“Honest and exquisitely crafted.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine forced to decide who she really is.

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