Matt de la Peña
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|Matt de la Peña|
De la Peña at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
|Occupation||Writer and educator|
|Alma mater||University of the Pacific
San Diego State University
Matthew de la Peña is an American writer of children's books who specializes in novels for young adults.
A California native,[clarification needed] de la Peña received his BA from University of the Pacific which he attended on a basketball scholarship. He then received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. To date, de la Peña has written four young adult books and one children's book, as well as short fiction published in various journals. He currently resides in Brooklyn where he teaches creative writing courses at New York University.
- Ball Don't Lie (2005) Named a 2006 ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and was developed into a motion picture in 2008 featuring Ludacris, Nick Cannon, and Emilie de Ravin.
- Mexican WhiteBoy (2008) Named a 2009 ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults (Top Ten Pick), and was featured on the 2008 Bulletin for the Center of Children's Literature Blue Ribbon List.
- We Were Here (2009) Named a 2010 ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, a 2010 ALA-YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers.
- I Will Save You (2010) Named a 2011 ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Junior Library Guild Selection.
- A Nation's Hope-The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (2010) (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) Received starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal.
- Infinity Ring: Curse of the Ancients (2013).
- Official website
- Matt de la Peña at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Matt de la Peña at Library of Congress Authorities, with 7 catalog records
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- 2005 ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
- 2006 ALA-YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
- 2009 ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
- 2010 ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
- 2010 ALA-YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
- 2011 ALA-YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers