Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
by Meg Medina is a book full of threats and conflict. It's a book about bullying. But it's also about community and isolation, the complexity of female relationships, and about finding one's strengthinner and outer.
As someone who has worked in public schools for my entire adult life, I know bullying. It's real and it happens at every school, regardless of the age level, geographic location or the school's demographic and socio-economic profile. Despite the proactive stance taken by schools, bullying continues to be a tough problem and one not easily solved. I've read of various solutions and resolutions but I also understand the very real limits of schools.
Author Meg Medina does too. This story, the story of Piedad "Piddy" Sanchez, feels authentically raw. Medina's portrayal...
Beyond the Book
I thought the references to Latin dances woven throughout Meg Medina's Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
were an effective way to illustrate Piddy's struggles with understanding her own physicality as well her place as an individual within her community. Besides the cultural connotations, dance can be a powerful way to express emotion kinesthetically.
As Salsa dancing is riding a wave of current popularity, I was curious about the various dances and music styles referred to in this novel. Salsa is an all-inclusive term referring to several...