Matt de la Peña

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Matt de la Peña
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De la Peña at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
Born Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation Writer and educator
Nationality American
Alma mater University of the Pacific
San Diego State University
Period 2005–present
Genre Young-adult novels

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.[1]


  • I Will Save You (2010) Named a 2011 ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Junior Library Guild Selection.[5]
  • Infinity Ring: Curse of the Ancients (2013).[7]


[full citation needed]

  1. ^ "Matt Bio". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Ball Don't Lie". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Mexican WhiteBoy". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  4. ^ "We Were Here". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  5. ^ "I Will Save You". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  6. ^ "A Nation's Hope". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Infinity Ring: Curse of the Ancients". Retrieved 2013-08-31. 

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