Danny's tall and skinny. His arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. He's got a ninety-five mile-per-hour fastball, but every time he gets up on the mound he loses it. At his private school they don't expect much from him—Danny's half Mexican. And growing up in San Diego means everyone else knows exactly who he is before they find out he can't speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes. And that's why he's spending the summer with his dad's family. To find himself, he might just have to face the demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Matt de la Peña's debut novel, Ball Don't Lie, was made into a major motion picture which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, starring Ludacris, Nick Cannon, Emelie de Ravin, Grayson Boucher, and Rosanna Arquette (Night and Day Pictures). He is also the author of We Were Here and the picture book I Will Save You. He has won multiple awards including ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Junior Library Guild Selection, Bulletin for the Center of Children's Literature Blue Ribbon List, and more. 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. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he teaches creative writing at NYU and visits high schools and colleges all over the country. More »