TBF – Matt de la Pena

March 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Come and meet Matt de la Pena at the Teen Book Festival on April 4th!pena_matt

Five Fun Facts about Matt:

1. Throughout elementary school I kept the same Sunday night ritual: After dinner I’d sit outside with my dog, Peanut, and sing her the Love Boat theme song. And I have to say, I sang it rather well.

2. I’ve never worn a watch in my life. Not even once.

3. My dream car is a brand new Honda Accord. Black. With a CD player. I’d take an Accord over any luxury car on the market.

4. I haven’t had health insurance in 6 years. My mom is NOT happy about this.

5. I was a major reluctant reader in high school. It wasn’t until college that I fell for books. And it all started with The Color Purple.

ball-dont-lieBall Don’t Lie

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. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong. But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.



mexican-whiteboyMexican WhiteBoy

Danny is tall and skinny. Even though he is not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. A 95 mph fastball, but the boy is not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it. But at his private school, they do not expect much else from him. Danny is brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he cannot speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they have got him pegged. Danny is convinced it is his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. And that is why he is spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he might just have to face the demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.



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