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 motion picture. de la Pena's second novel, Mexican WhiteBoy, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adult (Top Ten Pick), a 2009 Notable Book for a Global Society, a Junior Library Guild Selection. His book, Last Stop on Market Street, won the 2016 Newbury Medal and was a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he teaches creative writing.

  • A Nation's Hope

    By Matt de la Peña

    Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

    A 2015 ALA-ALSC Notable Video!

    3 1/2 stars. "...this fine tribute is highly recommended." - Video Librarian

    Released Tue May 13 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • A Nation's Hope

    By Matt de la Peña

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

    Starred Review. “Sometimes a boxing match is just that…but sometimes it is so much more.” - Booklist

    Starred review. "Spare, evocative verse melds with the eloquent illustrations to create palpable energy around the fight and Louis's struggle to the top." - Publishers Weekly

    Released Tue Jun 17 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Last Stop on Market Street

    By Matt de la Peña

    Illustrated by Christian Robinson

    Read by Arnell Powell

    Join young CJ on a memorable ride as the 2016 Newbery winner comes to life in this dynamic video!

    2016 Newbery Medal Winner, Caldecott Honor Book, A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2015, A Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of 2015 - Awards

    Released Tue Apr 05 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged