Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass is one of my favorite book titles, and this is definitely a book that can sell itself with its cover alone. I just started booktalking it at schools this week, and I had kids in several classes say, “I want to read THAT book!” before I even started my booktalk. While it CAN sell itself, it’s still worth booktalking to let teens know about the plot layers of the story and to share this book with the widest audience possible. Check out Meg Medina’s website to learn more about all of the books she’s written for kids and teens.
Piddy Sanchez is trying to keep a low profile. She’s trying … and failing.
One morning before school, a girl Piddy barely knows tells Piddy that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui Delgado is, and she has no idea how this girl knows her or why she would hate her.
Piddy is having enough trouble trying to deal with her family, her school, and her job. She wants her mother to be honest with her about who her father really was. She wants to fit in at her new school and keep up with her honors classes. She wants to keep earning money working at Salon Corazon because she really needs it.
But as the harassment from Yaqui and her gang start to escalate, Piddy learns what it’s like to live with a bully’s target on her back. She learns what it’s like to have an enemy who can make all her other problems seem small by comparison, and who can make her life a living hell.