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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass | Meg Medina
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Winner of the 2014 Pura Belpr Author AwardIn 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.
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Honeybeegirl
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Pickpick

This book was great!! A great story about the effects of bullying and a normal girl trying to figure out her life!! Highly recommend!!

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Honeybeegirl

This story has been a wild ride! It‘s a great story and I am excited to hear more! I listen every time I am and the gym and some days when I do dishes. I recommend even though I haven‘t finished it. It speaks about bullying, moving to a new school, friends, and the sometimes lacking of the school on their part of the bullying.

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Soubhiville
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I finished my title #LitsyAtoZ! And I have just one more on my author version! Woohoo!

This was a really great book about a Latina who has to go to a new high school and finds that through no fault of her own, someone is bullying her. My heart went out to her as she struggled to remain a good student while dealing with daily fear.

This is a great addition to any YA library!

Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations on finishing! 4mo
rather_be_reading 👏 👏 4mo
Bookzombie Congratulations!!!! 4mo
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britt_brooke Awesome! 4mo
Hooked_on_books Wow, nice job! 🎉 4mo
Gissy Congratulations! 🎉🎊🎈🎈🎈👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 4mo
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Soubhiville
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It was nice enough for a little outdoor reading earlier today, but the temp continues to climb, so I‘ve moved the party inside. I‘m about halfway through this YA about bullying. I like the main character so far.

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UnidragonFrag
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Mehso-so

Meh. This was published in 2013, but felt a lot older to me for some reason. The adults were so incredibly clueless, but the swings and reactions of the kids felt pretty right, though the ending wrapped up nicer than probably real life. I listened to the audiobook and the reader was SO slow I had to speed it up twice.

#audiofilemagazine #sync2019

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Sweettartlaura
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Bailedbailed

I made it half an hour with this one - just not engaging or interesting enough 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Pandalibrarian
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Pickpick

Love the #syncya program! This was a fun book to listen to - the narrator did a great job bringing Piddy and the rest of the characters to life. It‘s hard being a teenager and moving to a new school and have to deal with a bully. I really liked learning about the Latina experience through Piddy‘s voice.

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

Piddy starts at a new school after moving to a safer apartment building and is almost immediately the target of a bully. A tad too after school special for me, but it helped make my #audiostitching a little more interesting. (I‘m making a cover for a bolster pillow and currently sewing in the zipper.)

Soubhiville How funny- I have this on my kindle and have been thinking of reading it for my Y for Litsy A to Z. We‘ve had a lot of book coincidences lately! 5mo
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville Book synergy! Awesome. It‘s fine, but I don‘t think it would connect with teens. Too manufactured. I‘ll be interested to see if you agree. 5mo
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cookreadsleep

Audio book available for free this week through Audiofile's Sync program.

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Trismegistus
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Mehso-so

This book started out with so much promise, but it's scuttled halfway through as Medina lays on the melodrama by the shovelful. Meanwhile, the adult characters are so oblivious it beggars belief. It's a shame, because the depictions of bullying and high school social dynamics are spot on, and had the rest been equally as realistic, the novel could easily have been a classic.

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CoffeeNBooks
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Piddy has to make some tough choices because of a bully, and ultimately chooses what she thinks is best for her and her family. I finished reading this today and thought it was a pretty good book. I think my students will like it, so I'll be adding it to my classroom library. #librarylove #ya #englishteacher #teachersoflitsy

staci.reads Our librarian just book-talked this to my classes a few weeks ago. It sounds good! 2y
CoffeeNBooks Awesome! What grade do you teach? 2y
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saguarosally
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2. Girl Meets World
3. See above. It‘s interesting but I‘m not convinced it‘s amazing yet.
4. 72 and sunny, but I was in the office.
5. Just ear piercings and I rarely wear earrings.
#humpdaypost @MinDea

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Cheekymom3
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I really liked this book. It gives you a look into the Hispanic culture... I did look up a lot of Spanish slang words lol

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saguarosally
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How would this do as a beach read? #beachreads #beach

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WanderingBookaneer
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Mehso-so

Piddy is being bullied in her new school, but everyone is too afraid of Yaqui Delgado and her crew to do anything about it. As the abuse escalates, Piddy—who was a straight A student in her old school—starts cutting school and her grades start paying the price. ⬇️

WanderingBookaneer Ultimately the whole situation comes out into the open thanks to a classmate who reports the bullying to the school‘s anti-bullying initiative. Even with a video of Yaqui beating Piddy up the only safe solution to her problem is to be transferred out of school. A disheartening message for readers who might be looking for a solution to their own bullying problems. 2y
Sjsherwood My daughter loved this when she was is middle school. I haven't read it. I read Burn Baby Burn which was amazing. 2y
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LibrarianRyan
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And for today's UPS #bookmail I give the following.

Kaye I like the title. Quite catchy 👍 2y
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ScientistSam
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A touching and honest book about high school bullying. 15 year old Piddy is dealing with her best friend moving away, her own move, and a new school. And then one day, she's told that a girl she doesn't even know wants to kick her ass.

Excellent.

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MallenNC
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I loved Meg Medina's Burn Baby Burn, so I was interested in checking out this earlier novel. This one, about a new girl at school who has to deal with a bully, was not as layered as Burn Baby Burn, but I liked it. It helped me remember why teenagers might not want to share their problems with adults. I did the audio version of it, and the narrator had a believable teenage voice.

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specklife
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Another one of my #weekendreads.
⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Leelee.reads
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This YA novel could have been preachy or sappy, but was honest and real, funny and smart. No gimmicky "teen speak" that rings false, no crazy twists or unrealistic romances. Just a sensitive and smart look at how we chose to face our problems. One of the best realistic-fiction YA books I've read in a long time.

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SuperPunkNinja
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I haven't seen anyone post this YA novel about bullying by a #latinx author yet today. Here you go! #feistyfeb

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emtobiasz
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Guess who gets to lead class discussion next week in my young adult class... 💁🏽👋🏼

SuperPunkNinja Great book! 3y
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Readingrobin
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Picked this up for free at Book Riot 2016. I'm a YA fan after 8 years as a Teen Librarian. Good story too.

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RealLifeReading
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#seasonsreadings2016 day 20: #titlesstartingwithxyz
I don't own any books starting with X Y or Z! But I found these online that would help me fill up my #atozchallenge (ok maybe not the Z one - but it was too cute not to share).

LaurenReads My kinder students LOVE z is for moose! It's so fun. 3y
GlitteryOtters I highly recommend the Meg Medina one, if you are considering it for the challenge! 3y
MallenNC I'm using that book for X for sure. I've been meaning to read it for a while so the challenge is a good reason. 3y
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EmilyM I read Yaqui... with my high school student book club....it is pretty good! 3y
RealLifeReading @LaurenReads you're a K teacher? Awesome! My older boy is in kindergarten! 3y
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StephAuteri
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I acquired this book at @bookriot Live after seeing the author speak on a panel about rewriting history. I don't read a *ton* of YA, but I really dug this story and am tempted to seek out her other work.

BookishMarginalia Her latest was nominated for a National Book Award: 3y
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jessberk13
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The "Rewriting History" panel featured Meg Medina, Nisi Shawl, and Patrick Phillips. They discussed how to adapt an historical event to fit the story they want to tell. It was fascinating! They also gave away copies of Meg Medina's book!

#BRLive #LitsyRiotLive

GlitteryOtters Ahhh, that is so awesome! I really love that book, BTW. Picked it up on a whim right after it came out and I loved it, introduced me to Meg Medina's writing, which I love! 💕 3y
jessberk13 @GlitteryOtters they were mainly talking about her other book which sounded super interesting and I want to read immediately 3y
GlitteryOtters Burn Baby Burn is REALLY good. Yes, read it ASAP! I think I liked Yaqui a little bit better, but they are both really fantastic books! 3y
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bookshelfbombshell
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so many awesome book giveaways from #brlive

BookBabe Wow, nice! 3y
bookshelfbombshell @BookBabe they didnt fit in my suit case and i had to ship them home 😀 3y
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Ammie
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Short and sweet. 💘

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Ammie
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Kicking off #bannedbooks week with Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass. It's so so so good!

Titania I need to read this! 3y
Ammie @Titania yes! I'm enjoying it so much! 3y
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Ammie
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I accidentally told someone today that I am reading a book called "Meg Medina Wants To Kick Your Ass". Oops, sorry Meg. I don't think you're a bully.

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rdkate
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Can a 57 year old white woman love a YA novel about a Latina teen being bullied in her new HS and love it? You betcha! The writing is smart, funny and insightful. Reviewed on BookRiot's podcast, All The Books, and then was a " deal of the day" the next day! Lucky me! Enjoy!

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veritylane
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I didn't realize that the whole book would be about Yaqui's problem with Piddy (the narrator), I just thought it was a provocative title. This was a realistic story of a Cuban-American 15yo in Queens dealing with a bully. But of course it's more than that—it's about moving and friendship and secrets and fear and abuse and family, too. I loved the #ownvoices details and Piddy's relationship with her Ma and (especially) Ma's BFF Lila.

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veritylane
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#currentlyreading Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, by Meg Medina. #HHM #hispanicheritagemonth

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lkstrohecker
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I'm way late to the party on this one, and kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. An important book that totally lives up to its well-deserved reputation.

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bookwrm526
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I was skeptical about reading this at first, as it seemed a bit message-y. But, the subject was handled realistically, and I felt I couldn't breathe at times.

rachelm I saw her speak last year at AWP and she took my breath away. Incredible. 4y
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