Alaska Spirit of Reading 2015-2016

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling author of six critically-acclaimed young adult novels, including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here and The Living, and two award-winning picture books, A Nation's Hope and Last Stop on Market Street.

     Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball.

     de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

     Visit his website to read more about this award-winning young adult author.