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Contact Info


Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He's also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson).

Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University oft he 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.



Putnam/Penguin, 2018

Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony
Disney Press,  2017

Last Stop on Market Street
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
Dial Books, 2011 


Eternity (Infinity Ring #8)
Scholastic Inc., 2014

Curse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring #4)
Scholastic Inc., 2013


The Hunted (The Living #2)
Delacorte Press, 2015

The Living (#1)
Delacorte Press, 2013

I Will Save You
Delacorte Press, 2010

We Were Here
Delacorte Press, 2009

Mexican WhiteBoy
Delacorte Press, 2008

Ball Don't Lie
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2005


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