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Matt de la Pena

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Matt de la Peña is the author of five critically-acclaimed young adult novels—Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and The Living—as well as the award-winning picture book A Nation’s Hope: The story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. 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 athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Visit Matt at: mattdelapena.com


The Living is a different book for me. It's an action-driven disaster novel. I wanted to take my usual mixed-race, working class characters and put them in a bigger context. Why? I want to reveal to a wider audience the heart and dignity (as well as the flaws) of kids growing up on the "wrong side of the tracks." My dream is for The Living to reach suburban folks, too, this time. And kids in pr... Read more of this blog post »
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Mexican WhiteBoy
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We Were Here
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I Will Save You
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The Living (The Living, #1)
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 777 ratings — published 2013 — 14 editions
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Ball Don't Lie
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Eternity (Infinity Ring, #8)
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" Of all the things I could say about this book, what I loved, didn't love etc., the most telling is that I finished it in less than 24 hours. Matt de la Peña has stepped up the pace with this one. I devoured it, licked the plate clean, and I feel l... " Read more of this review »
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“But when you read books you almost feel like you're out there in the world. Like you're going on this adventure right with the main character. At least, that's the way I do it. It's actually not that bad. Even if it is mad nerdy.”
Matt de la Pena, We Were Here

“People always think there's this huge hundred-foot-high barrier that separates doing good from doing bad. But there's not. There's nothing. There's not even a little anthill. You just take one baby step in any direction and you're already there. You've doing something awful. And your life is changed forever.”
Matt de la Pena, We Were Here

“But mostly I remember every morning before school. How she'd say "Hey, honey!" just I was walking out the apartment door. And me stopping and turning around and saying "What?" And her saying "I love you." And me rolling my eyes like I just wanted to hurry up so I didn't miss the bus. I'd start going again and she'd say "Hey, honey!" and I'd pretend I was so annoyed 'cause she was wasting time and I had to go catch the bus. And how secretly it was my favorite part of every day.”
Matt de la Pena, I Will Save You

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message 4: by Gume

Gume III I love the message he takes while traveling and visiting schools! He truly impacts students in a lasting way!


Jasmine I finished "We Were Here" yesterday (UH-MAY-ZING) and for some reason I had this thought: I wonder if Uno and Diego would have been friends? I've already formed my opinion, but I'm curious to hear what you think.


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Ata thanx



Jon-michael hey, what's up man!


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