April 19, 2018

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Pick of the Day: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass | Audio

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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. By Meg Medina. 6 CDs. 6:54 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4692-7502-4. $54.97.
Gr 8 Up–Piddy Sanchez seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her best friend moves away and Piddy’s Mom literally has the floor pulled out from under her as the small staircase in their apartment building collapses, forcing the family to move to another part of Queens. The move does have a bonus. For the first time, Piddy will have her own room, but it comes at a price—she has to start at a new school. Her developing body is starting to attract some unwanted attention from the Latino boys in the school as well as from Yaqui Delgado. Yaqui feels that the teenager is shaking her booty and doesn’t consider her a fellowLatina. Piddy’s skin is too light, she doesn’t have an accent, and she does well in school. The bullying escalates and Yaqui and her crew seem to have it in for Piddy and her blossoming bottom. The teenager also faces some internal struggles as she searches for information on a father she has never known or even seen. Roxanne Hernandez, a fluent Spanish speaker, pronounces the occasional Spanish words nicely and provides a great voice and tone for each character. The Latin music at the beginning and ending of each CD (Piddy is half Cuban and half Dominican) adds a cultural element. With a title that is sure to draw attention andMedina’s great story (Candlewick, 2013) to back it up, this is a definite purchase.–Katie Llera, Bound Brook High School, NJ

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