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Award-winning Cuban-American author Meg Medina is a writer of books for kids of all ages. She prides herself on being about “strong girls, tough circumstances and the connecting power of culture.” In March 2014 she was recognized as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America. Her newest book is “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” (Candlewick). It is a young-adult novel that tells the story of a Latina teen who is forced to experience a journey of self-discovery when she is targeted by a bully at her new school; it earned Medina the Pura Belpré medal and the 2013 Cybils Fiction award. In all Medina’s works, including her newest, she aims to unify readers across cultures by linking the uniqueness and the universality of Latino culture with other cultures.

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Meg Medina