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Matt de la Pena


Matt de la Pena

Matt de la Peña is the author of five critically acclaimed young adult novels: BALL DON'T LIE, MEXICAN WHITE BOY, WE WERE HERE, I WILL SAVE YOU and THE LIVING, which was selected as a 2014 ALA Pura Belpré Author Honor Book. He's also the author of the award-winning picture book A NATION'S HOPE: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches creative writing at NYU.

Matt de la Pena

Books by Matt de la Pena

Written by Matt de la Pena with illustrations by Christian Robinson. - African American Interest, Children's, Culture, Family, Fiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty --- and fun --- in their routine and the world around them.

by Matt de la Pena - Children's

Dak, Sera, and Riq have fixed the Great Breaks in history . . . but the SQ isn't beaten yet, and the biggest, boldest Infinity Ring adventure of all time has just begun!

written by Matt de la Pena with illustrations by Kadir Nelson - Children's, Children's Nonfiction

On the eve of World War II, African-American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling with more at stake than the world heavyweight title. For much of America, their fight came to represent America’s war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers on this historic fight in which the American people came together to celebrate our nation’s founding ideals.

by Matt de la Pena - Adventure, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy is only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed.

by Matt de la Pena - Youth Fiction

Fix the past. Save the future. What is the secret history connecting the SQ to the Ancient Mayans?