Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Genre: Young Adult

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Performed by:
Roxanne Hernandez

“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.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 7 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, Download, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Meg Medina

Meg Medina, named one of CNN’s Ten Visionary Women, is the author of the young adult novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which received a Pura Belpré Award in 2014. She is also the author of the novel The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and the picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me and Tía Isa Wants a Car, for which she won an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. Meg Medina was raised in Queens, New York, where she lived in 1977, one of the worst years in the city’s history. About Burn Baby Burn, she says, “While telling Nora’s story, I was writing about violence at the tipping point, both in a city and in a family. Young people then and now sometimes have to grow up against a backdrop of unspeakable events. Their fight for hope, respect, and happiness always amazes me.” She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her family.
Roxanne Hernandez

Roxanne Hernandez's voice can be heard in dozens of books, including several series: The Beacon Street Girls, by Annie Bryant, Secrets of my Hollywood Life, by Jen Calonita and Above the Line, by Karen Kingsbury. In addition to narrating audio books, she has appeared on stage in the roles of Jocasta (Oedipus Rex), Masha (The Seagull) and Banquo (Macbeth). Roxanne is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French and has lived throughout the United States and Brazil. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young children, who listen to audio books during long trips up the California coast.

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