Visiting author captures interest of Mariner students | School brief
Award-winning young adult author Matt de la Peña visited Mariner High School on Oct. 4, where he spoke at two school assemblies and was available for book signings at both lunches.
The author made a big impression on students with his frank discussion about his life and how a passion for reading led to his career as a writer.
The winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal for his book “Last Stop on Market Street,” de la Peña grew up near San Diego and the Mexican border, the son of a white mother and a Mexican father.
He told the students of his pride in being biracial and about how his skills as a basketball player took him to the University of the Pacific, where he fell in love with books.
He said he has borrowed many of his experiences in growing up in creating his fictional stories.
The author has won awards for five of his books, including the Newbery Award and Caldecott Honor for “Last Stop on Market Street.” His other best-known books include “Ball Don’t Lie,” “Mexican Whiteboy,” “We Were Here” and “I Will Save You.”