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 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.