Meg Medina
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Meg Medina
Meg Medina
Meg Medina 2016.jpg
Medina at the 2016 Texas Book Fair
Born Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Occupation Writer
Known for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Javier Menéndez[1]
Children Cristina Menéndez
Sandra Menéndez
Alex Menéndez[1]

Meg Medina is a Cuban-American writer of young adult fiction, known for her book Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which has been banned in some areas due to its title.[2] She grew up in Queens, New York, where she met her husband Javier Menéndez.[1] Medina's parents both immigrated from Cuba prior to her birth, which serves as a large inspiration for her writing.[1] In March 2014 Medina was placed on CNN's "10 Visionary Women" list as a "Reading Revolutionary".[2]

Awards and recognition

  • Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award for Tia Isa Wants a Car (2012, won)[3]
  • Cybils Award for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2013, won)[4]
  • Pura Belpré Award for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2014, won)[5]
  • Pura Belpré Award (honor) for Mango, Abuela and Me (2016, honor, won)[6]
  • CNN's "10 Visionary Women" list (2014)[2]
  • Latino Book Award for Best Young Adult Fiction Book (first place) for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2014, won)[7]
  • Latino Book Award for Best Young Adult Fiction Book (second place) for The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind (2014, won)[7]
  • Best Fiction for Young Adults for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2014)[8]
  • Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book (2016,for Mango, Abuela and Me)[9]


Medina at BookExpo America in 2018


  1. ^ a b c d e Lockwood, Sarah. "Meg Medina, Storyteller". Richmond Family Magazine. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "The CNN 10 Visionary Women list". CNN. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "2012 Winners". Ezra Jack Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ "Meg Medina (biography)". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "Yuyi Morales, Meg Medina win Pura Belpré Awards". ALA. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to the Pura Belpré Award home page! | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)". Retrieved . 
  7. ^ a b Diaz, Shelley. "Meg Medina, John Parra, and Others Honored at the Int'l Latino Book Awards". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults". YALSA. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ Alice. "Congratulations to the 2016 ALA Award Winners!". Vamos a Leer. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ Jones, Heather (June 2009). "Milagros, Girl from Away (review)". Multicultural Review. 18 (2): 80. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ Schlichenmeyer, Terri (September 7, 2011). "Girl Learns Pennies Pave Road to Dreams Come True". Daily Herald (subscription required). Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ Carey, Anna (June 23, 2012). "More Lessons from the School of Life". The Irish Times (subscription required). Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ Chafin, Beverly. "Meg Medina's "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass" Tackles the Subject of Teen Bullying". WFDD. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ "Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (SLJ Review)". School Library Journal. Retrieved . 

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