Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

After her mother makes them move in a huff Piddy has to start at a new school.  After just a few days a girl comes up to Piddy and tells her that Yaqui Delgado wants to kick her ass.  Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is and can't imagine what she could've done to offend her.  She learns, much to her surprise, that she shakes her hips when she walks and that has attracted the attention of Yaqui's boyfriend.  Up until now Piddy has always been an excellent student and has never questioned who she is.  But faced with a bully she begins to question everything about herself.  Suddenly she's doing poorly in school and giving herself a sterotypical Latina bad girl look.  This book is a great, realistic portrayal of girl bullying and the reaction to it.  Rather than shrugging it off Piddy lets the bullying turn her into a totally different person.  It's also great to have a book with Hispanic characters that is not just all about them being Hispanic.