This week I finished the Pura Belpre winner Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, by Meg Medina. I did a reading log about this book and my thoughts, so check it out over here.
Overall, I really loved this book. I was a little bit confused with the blending of Spanish words and phrases. I did really, really get into the book. The author does a great job delving into the realities of being a victim of bullying, finding yourself as you go through high school, and discovering your strength. I really recommend this book for those who have ever struggled to discover who they are (aka all of us!).
My second book was a graphic novel for this week’s book club discussion. American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang, blends the stories of Danny, Jin Wang, and the Monkey King. It is a colorful and beautifully illustrated graphic novel.
I have to say that my understanding has been enhanced by discussion with my husband. He knows more about Asian beliefs and sacred stories. He even helped me out with translating a few of the Chinese characters. Putting this book into the context has deepened my understanding. I would put this book in my “Restricted” section right now because I am not sure if all middle schoolers could read this book with an open mind-frame. However, once I know a student, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
Well, that’s it for this past week! Coming up is mid-term break for CSC. That means more free time to read YA and share with you!