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Matt de la Peña and David MaesListen: Teen Podcast with Author Matt de la Peña

In this podcast, author Matt de la Peña talks with reader David Maes about books, writing and more. Matt is the author of the novels Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, and We Were Here and was recently in Denver for the Colorado Teen Literature Conference where he gave the keynote address and participated in workshops with teens and adults throughout the day-long event. David Maes is an avid reader and a 7th grader at Skinner Middle School.

Learn more about Matt de la Peña on his website or check out his books!

Read more about David and the interview on the Northwest Neighborhood Middle Schools NOW site!

Books by Matt de la Peña

WE WERE HEREWE WERE HERE
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.
MEXICAN WHITEBOYMEXICAN WHITEBOY
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
BALL DON'T LIEBALL DON'T LIE
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.

David Recommends

CIRQUE DU FREAK SERIESCIRQUE DU FREAK SERIES
by Darren Shan
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.

Matt Recommends

THE BOOK THIEFTHE BOOK THIEF
by Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel – a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
STORY OF A GIRLSTORY OF A GIRL
by Sara Zarr
In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna's life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness.
SUTTREESUTTREE
by Cormac McCarthy
Set in Knoxville, Tenn., in the 1950s, this novel tells the story of a man who has repudiated his well-to-do parents, deserted his wife and is now a river fisherman who consorts with robbers, ragmen and other outcasts.

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