2014 Pura Belpre Award Winner

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass


On her first day at Daniel Jones High School, Piddy Sanchez is threatened by a girl she has never met. All Piddy knows is that she has never done a thing to upset Yaqui, the girl who hates Piddy. The other girls tell Piddy that Yaqui hates her because she thinks Piddy is “stuck up” because her skin is light, she doesn’t hang out with the other Latin students, and because she makes good grades in school. Things go from bad to worse very quickly, as Yaqui and her friends bully and harass Piddy and the other students Piddy is friends with. This abuse causes Piddy’s personality and appearance to change. She begins to dress and apply her make-up the same way Yaqui and her friends do, and her grades begin to suffer because she starts skipping her classes. Piddy longs to be back in her old neighborhood hanging out with the friends who love and accept her. When the bullying takes a violent turn, Piddy is forced to make a decision, one that will change her life forever.

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