Mexican WhiteBoy is Matt de la Pena s second novel for young readers. It was an ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Junior Library Guild Selection. His first novel, Ball Don t Lie, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Young Adults and was made into a major motion picture. He attended the University of the Pacific on a basketball scholarship and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at San Diego State University. De la Pena lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches creative writing. Look for Matt de la Pena s third novel, We Were Here, and fourth novel, I Will Save You, both available from Delacorte Press.