Books by Matt de la Peña

SUPERMAN by Matt de la Peña
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 5, 2019

"A wonderful, bold interpretation of a DC icon that aspires to embrace all readers, new and old. (Superhero adventure. 12-18)"
Something foul's afoot in Smallville, Kansas. Read full book review >
CARMELA FULL OF WISHES by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"It's another near-perfect slice of life from a duo that has found a way to spotlight underrepresented children without forgetting that they are children first. (Picture book. 3-8)"
On her birthday, a young girl accompanies her brother on his errands for the first time and makes a wish, but not exactly in the way she was expecting. Read full book review >
LOVE by Matt de la Peña
Kirkus Star
by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Timely, timeless, and utterly necessary. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the moment prose and art appear in the opening spread, de la Peña and Long usher readers into a patient, pensive meditation on love. Read full book review >
COCO by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"De la Peña wonderfully expresses the impact of music on the soul, and Ramírez's bright, expressive watercolor illustrations underscore the poetic prose style perfectly. ¡Que viva La Música! (Picture book. 5-8)"
Miguel loves music and wants to be a musician more than anything, but his family prohibits him from pursuing his greatest love. Read full book review >
THE HUNTED by Matt de la Peña
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 12, 2015

"A disappointing sequel to the standout The Living (2013). (Science fiction. 14-18)"
After surviving the tsunami that sank their cruise ship, escaping an island harboring a deadly secret and enduring 36 days at sea, three teens and an adult reach what's left of California—a quarantined, anarchic region devastated by earthquakes and a lethal, engineered pandemic. Read full book review >
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young boy yearns for what he doesn't have, but his nana teaches him to find beauty in what he has and can give, as well as in the city where they live. Read full book review >
THE LIVING by Matt de la Peña
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An addictive page-turner and character-driven literary novel with broad appeal for fans of both. (Post-apocalyptic thriller. 14 & up)"
Shy Espinoza's summer job on a Hawaii-bound cruise ship has a lot going for it: decent pay, good tips, congenial crewmates and most of all, Carmen. Read full book review >
CURSE OF THE ANCIENTS by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Fans of the series will already be hooked, but even more skeptical readers may be a little curious what happens next. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Armageddon isn't all bad. Read full book review >
WE WERE HERE by Matt de la Peña
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A story of friendship that will appeal to teens and will engage the most reluctant readers. (Fiction. YA)"
The emotional diary of a teenager, Miguel Castañeda, sentenced to one year in a group home and to keep a journal. Read full book review >
MEXICAN WHITE BOY by Matt de la Peña
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"Though not an out-of-the-park follow-up to 2005's Ball Don't Lie, de la Peña blends sports and street together in a satisfying search for personal identity. (Fiction. YA)"
Angry with his Caucasian mother and feeling removed from his Hispanic heritage, 16-year-old Danny decides to spend the summer with his father's relatives in an attempt to re-forge his identity. Read full book review >
BALL DON’T LIE by Matt de la Peña
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"Gritty and mesmerizing. (Fiction. YA)"
Travis Reichard only answers to the name Stick. Read full book review >