Because no middle school student has ever heard the word ass:
CUMBERLAND – Author Meg Medina’s appearance at a school has been canceled due to her new book’s controversial title.
Her latest young adult novel, “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” is the story of girl’s unraveling as she navigates being in the crosshairs of a bully.
Medina says it’s an open and honest look at not only the act of bullying, but the ripple effect it causes in young people’s lives.
“Unfortunately bullying isn’t a pretty thing and it involves ugly words…scary words,” she says. “I wanted to write about the experience honestly for the kids. And I wanted to speak to them honestly.
Medina was originally invited to speak as part of an anti-bullying event at Cumberland Middle School, but she was later told she would not be able to say or show her books title, show a picture of the cover or use “coarse language” during the presentation.
“There’s nothing in the cover that doesn’t reflect the essence of the book which is these are the horrible things that are happening. These are the ways that we’re hurting each other.”
But after school officials saw a trailer for the book containing other words, Medina was asked not to come altogether.