Matt de la Peña
Sponsored by the NHS Education Fund
Coming to New Hope-Solebury on September 27th!
Matt de la Peña is a New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal winning author of seven young adult novels and five picture books.
Many of Matt’s novels have been chosen as an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults as well as an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
Matt de la Peña strongly believes that “we all need to see ourselves in books…but it’s also important to read about people who aren’t like us.” The diversity which is exemplified in his books speak to the heart of the NHS initiative for “No Place for Hate.”
New Hope-Solebury is very fortunate to have Matt de la Peña address the students at every one of our schools.
Matt de la Peña Books
Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream.
After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.
Kidd, unhappy with his life in a group home and job at the beach, learns lessons about identity, love, and friendship through his relationships with Olivia, a rich girl from Cardiff, and Devon, a mysterious teen driven by a death wish.
Danny, who is tall and skinny but has a talent for pitching a fastball, cannot seem to fit in at school in San Diego, where his Mexican and white heritage causes people to judge him before he even speaks.
Haunted by the event that sentences him to time in a group home, Miguel breaks out with two unlikely companions and together they begin their journey down the California coast hoping to get to Mexico and a new life.
This picture book is a heartfelt celebration of love which depicts how people from all walks of life share a universal bond that supports and connects us in the face of fear and hardship.