logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
Matt de la Pena
Matt de la Peña's debut novel, Ball Don't Lie, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick and was made into a major motion picture. His second novel, Mexican WhiteBoy, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adult (Top Ten Pick), a Notable Book for a Global Society, a... show more

Matt de la Peña's debut novel, Ball Don't Lie, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick and was made into a major motion picture. His second novel, Mexican WhiteBoy, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adult (Top Ten Pick), a Notable Book for a Global Society, a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book. His third novel, We Were Here, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Readers, an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and a Junior Library Guild Selection. His fourth book, I Will Save You, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Readers, an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick, a Junior Library Guild Selection and finalist for the 2011 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. De la Peña's fifth book, The Living, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults and a Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.His short fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, NPR.org and various literary journals, including Pacific Review, The Vincent Brothers Review, Chiricú, Two Girls' Review, The George Mason Review, and The Allegheny Review. De la Peña 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. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches creative writing. You can visit Matt and find out more about his books at mattdelapena.com and follow him on Twitter at @mattdelapena.
show less
Matt de la Pena's Books
Recently added on shelves
Matt de la Pena's readers
Share this Author
Community Reviews
Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!
Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality! rated it 2 months ago
Audience: Elementary Format: Kindle/Owned This picture book is too much for preschoolers and even kindergarteners. The themes of hope and perseverance are lost in a story that is hard for young children to follow or enjoy. The illustrations are well-done and the brother and sister's faces are very...
A Man With A Spooky Agenda
A Man With A Spooky Agenda rated it 8 months ago
I'm still enjoying the DC Icons series. I haven't read Sarah J Maas' 'Catwoman' yet, but they have re-contextualized classic superheroes as modern teenagers and have used the industry's leading YA authors to do it. 'Dawnbreaker' is no exception. Smallville is beginning to change and Clark Kent isn...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it 10 months ago
Per usual, some stories were delightful, some were good, and some were just okay. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell (5 stars)-Wow. This one was a great set-up for the anthology. We get to read about two teens New Year's Eve through the years. You get to see their friendship turn to something more. Th...
theguywhoreads
theguywhoreads rated it 2 years ago
Its Christmas soon and what better way to be in the festive mood than to read a book about the season of giving? So far, I had two and I pick them up one year after the other but I never read them and they were on my shelve for until last Friday I read one of them and I pick this one. So I started t...
Leigha's Little Library
Leigha's Little Library rated it 2 years ago
Here is an old review of mine, perfect for the holiday season! An overall rating is hard to come by, because I feel like it is not fair to everyone. I rated stories for many different reasons. The lower ratings do not come down to bad writing by any means, but to my tastes, and what type of storie...
see community reviews
Need help?