Matt de la Peña
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Matt de la Peña

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.

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    • Superman: Dawnbreaker

    • DC Icons Series
    • By: Matt de la Peña
    • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 238

    When Clark Kent follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and discovers a dark secret lurking in Smallville. Turns out, Clark's not the only one hiding something....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, but not great

    • By Sean on 03-19-19

    Regular price: $32.20

    • Flying Lessons & Other Stories

    • By: Ellen Oh - editor
    • Narrated by: Ellen Oh, Kwame Alexander, Meg Medina, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology celebrates the uniqueness and universality in us all....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book is a GEM of great worth.

    • By Joyce H. on 10-28-17

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Living

    • By: Matt de la Pena
    • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    When an earthquake more massive than any ever recorded hits California, Shy’s life is changed forever....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • YA Dystopia Cruise Line

    • By FanB14 on 01-03-14

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Mexican WhiteBoy

    • By: Matt de la Pena
    • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he's not "built", his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce that any college scout would sign him on the spot....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • outlook on someone elses life

    • By Abel on 03-08-19

    Regular price: $19.99

    • We Were Here

    • By: Matt de la Pena
    • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    When it happened Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge only gave him a year in a group home. The judge had no idea that he'd actually done Miguel a favor....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!!!

    • By Emmanuel Agboletey on 03-17-18

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Ball Don't Lie

    • By: Matt de la Peña
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in....

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Last Stop on Market Street

    • By: Matt De La Pena
    • Narrated by: Lizan Mitchell
    • Length: 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • LOVE

    • By Tricia on 03-24-19

    Regular price: $1.88

    • Infinity Ring

    • Eternity, Book 8
    • By: Matt de la Pena
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Dak, Sera, and Riq have fixed the Great Breaks in history - but the SQ isn't beaten yet, and the biggest, boldest Infinity Ring adventure of all time has just begun....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Series Continues

    • By PowderRiverRose on 07-15-15

    Regular price: $12.95

    • Curse of the Ancients

    • Infinity Ring, Book 4
    • By: Matt de la Pena
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Sera has a secret. She’s seen the future, and it is terrifying. Unfortunately, she can’t do anything to prevent the Cataclysm while stranded with Dak and Riq thousands of years in the past....

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Love

    • By: Matt de la Peña
    • Narrated by: Matt de la Peña
    • Length: 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all....

    Regular price: $7.00

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