Biography

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 and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

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Books by Matt de la Pena

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.