Boston, Mass. - Earning one of the literary world's highest honors, Tiger Basketball alum Matt de la Pena received The 2016 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature for his book Last Stop on Market Street. De la Pena becomes the first Hispanic author to win the Newbery.
The story of CJ’s journey with his Nana is not just a simple bus ride; it is a multi-sensory experience through which he discovers that beautiful music, nature and people surround him. CJ’s questions are familiar, and Nana answers him with gentle wisdom. Right up until their arrival at the last stop on Market Street, Nana guides CJ to become “a better witness for what’s beautiful.”
De la Pena, already a New York Times bestselling author, graduated from Pacific in 1996 before earning his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from San Diego State. He is the author of six critically-acclaimed young adult novels and two award-winning picture books. De la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.