Search Results: "Matt de la Peña"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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POEMAS DE LA ISLA by Josefina de la Torre
Released: June 1, 2000

De la Torre, now 93 and living in Madrid, was born in the Canary Islands and was among the original members of the "generation of '27"—the Latino Bloomsbury Group that included such stars as Buñuel, Salinas, and Lorca. Read full book review >

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LATIN SATINS by Terri de la Peña
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 1994

"A broken record."
It's hard to believe that de la Pe§a (Margins, 1992) tries to work terms like ``multicultural,'' ``racist,'' and ``homophobic'' onto almost every page, but she does in this wearying, preachy novel. Read full book review >

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MARGINS by Terri de la Peña
Released: April 1, 1992

"Instead of revealing a potentially rich Chicano texture, the novel's action seems to take place in a vacuum, albeit a politically correct one."
A disappointingly thin first novel about a young Chicana grad student's coming out. Read full book review >