Title: Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.
Author: Meg Medina
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Ages 14 and up
VOYA: 3Q, 2P, J S
Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass builds a story around a young 15 year old Hispanic girl named Piddy Sanchez. She lives with her mother as they move to a new neighborhood. Which means a new school for Piddy. Piddy has barely begun school when she learns of a girl gang leader wanting to beat her up. As she struggles with this she maintains her job at the Sazon salon and her sisterly relationship with Lila. Piddy wants to ignore Yaqui but learns that girls like her like to create trouble. She feels trapped in her new school and trapped with her mother because she wants to learn more about her father. Her world changes and slowly so does she. A good student starts to feel too distracted to do her work and takes her anger out on good natured people who are just worried about her and want to help.
Bullying is one of the most scariest things that kids in school go through and it changes the kids. This novel showcases this through the story of Piddy Sanchez. I recommend this for teens who are being bullied, are scared of the bully in their lives, or teens who see others being bullied. The novel can offer confidence to speak out and bring in readers who want a reality like bullying in their reading material. It can also be for teens who live in a neighborhood where there are gangs. I would recommend for tweens due to the fact that its a great first novel to the dangers of bullying from the perspective of a victim.