Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

by | Read by Roxanne Hernandez

Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio

"Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.” That’s what some girl tells Piddy Sanchez one morning before school. Too bad Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui Delgado is, let alone what she’s done to piss her off. All Piddy knows is that Yaqui hates her—and she better watch her back because Yaqui isn’t kidding around. At first Piddy just focuses on 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 and running away from her problems? In this poignant and all-too-realistic story from award-winning author Meg Medina, Piddy is forced to decide exactly who she is versus who others are trying to make her become—and ultimately discovers a rhythm that is all her own.

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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

A random student tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado is out to get her. Piddy has no idea who Yaqui is, but Yaqui apparently has quite a few problems with Piddy: Supposedly Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and lack of accent. Roxanne Hernandez voices the personalities of the cast in a way that gives depth to the characters, especially Piddy’s mom. As Hernandez depicts how bullying can erode a person’s entire sense of self, the listener can hear Piddy losing herself a little at a time. A worthwhile listen. C.C. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

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