Showing of 39 next show all A really good coming of age novel for teens. Specifically Latina and female teens. Meg Medina does a great job writing for teens, I felt like a teen reading it, she really inhibited the teen mind.
Interweaving themes of identity, escapism and body image, Medina takes what could be a didactic morality tale and spins it into something beautiful: 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.
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 withrespect.
As Piddy witnesses and experiences abandonment, harassment, and brutalization, she realizes that her own reaction is most important.
Her decision to make positive choices is a great example for teens. The story, fueled by the controversial title, holds cross-cultural appeal… —VOYA Piddy is a strong heroine whose sense of self is realistically jarred by her conflicting emotions.
Medina effectively prods at the motivations behind bullying without excusing it and sensitively explores the delicate balance between belonging and maintaining individuality. As tough and honest as its title, this novel takes an unflinching look at the unjust and cruel consequences of bullying.
I highly recommend it. Medina perfectly captures the devastating impact of bullying—and the powerful influence of kindness in recovery.
I love this book and miss Piddy already! The cover—a blue locker with graffiti for the title—will attract reluctant readers. This gritty novel manages to transcend the usual earnest fictional treatment by delivering a protagonist who is more than a mere victim and an ending that rings complicatedly true.Meg Medina, a Cuban-American, grew up in Queens, New York.
She is a devoted advocate against bullying. She wrote Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass because she hoped it would “give [a] voice to what it’s like to find yourself targeted relentlessly” (Medina, Meg.
Interview by Roberto Sanchez). It’s Unity Day at regardbouddhiste.com’s National Bullying Prevention Center. I didn’t buy my orange t-shirt, but I did finish the trailer for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, my upcoming YA novel that’s about this very topic.
I shot the footage in Queens a couple of months ago when I was home for a visit. And what will happen if she does? Friends, I have a new book crush and it’s Piddy Sanchez. Piddy’s heartbreakingly real struggles to extricate herself from Yaqui’s senseless bullying will ring true to anyone who’s ever been a target, and inspire anyone who’s ever witnessed bullying to stand up and speak out.
Book Club for Kids goes to Hooray For Books! bookstore in Alexandria, Virginia to talk about Meg Medina's novel about bullying and mother-daughter relationships, "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.". In Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Medina traces Piddy's path through denial to eventually sharing what happened with school leaders.
She is not a narc. She is not a snitch. I'm sure principals will look at library requests, see a book titled Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and immediately want to say no - but that would be a mistake.4/5(38). Author Meg Medina Biography: Meg Medina was named one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America and received the Pura Belpré Author Award for her young adult novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.
She is also the author of the novels Burn Baby Burn and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and the picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me and Tía.