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Matt de la Peña

Author of Last Stop on Market Street

32+ Works 9,741 Members 600 Reviews

About the Author

Matt de la Peña received a BA from the University of the Pacific and a MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. He is a children's book author who specializes in novels for young adults. His books include Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, A Nation's show more Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, and Infinity Ring. He won the 2016 Newbery Medal for Last Stop on Market Street. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Matt de la Peña

Last Stop on Market Street (2015) 4,599 copies
Love (2018) 825 copies
Mexican WhiteBoy (2008) 714 copies
The Living (2013) 438 copies
We Were Here (2009) 407 copies
Milo Imagines the World (2021) 406 copies
Ball Don't Lie (2005) 393 copies
Superman: Dawnbreaker (2019) 389 copies
Carmela Full of Wishes (2018) 362 copies
Curse of the Ancients (2013) 306 copies
The Hunted (2015) 182 copies
I Will Save You (1994) 176 copies
Eternity (2014) 107 copies

Associated Works

My True Love Gave to Me (2014) — Contributor — 940 copies
Flying Lessons and Other Stories (2017) — Contributor — 579 copies
Guys Read: Thriller (2011) — Contributor — 325 copies
Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction (2012) — Contributor — 255 copies
Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories (2012) — Contributor — 60 copies

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adventure (57) African American (162) African Americans (44) baseball (62) biography (43) boxing (68) bus (119) buses (80) Caldecott (72) Caldecott Honor (62) children (49) children's (67) city (68) city life (81) community (160) diversity (293) family (288) fiction (264) friendship (76) grandmothers (70) grandparents (55) imagination (57) kindness (47) Latinx (63) love (72) multicultural (188) Newbery (68) Newbery Medal (104) picture book (463) poverty (119) realistic fiction (185) science fiction (41) soup kitchen (42) sports (94) survival (44) to-read (244) transportation (60) urban (45) YA (81) young adult (78)

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Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.
 
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BLTSbraille | 407 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades K-3rd
Awards: Newbery Medal (2016)
Caldecott Honor (2016)
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor (2016)
 
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DFountain58 | 407 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
Independent reading level grade 3
John Newberry Medal 2016
Caldecott Medal 2016
 
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mileiawatts | 407 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
This book is appropriate for primary readers.
This book is about a young boy who travels on the bus with his grandma.
This book would be useful in teaching about the importance of community.
 
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Kpasley | 407 other reviews | Apr 24, 2024 |

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Works
32
Also by
6
Members
9,741
Popularity
#2,450
Rating
4.1
Reviews
600
ISBNs
250
Languages
7

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