Books Matt De La Peña Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Matt De La Peña The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books Even On The Water, Class Remains In Session November 23, 2013 When the earthquake strikes — the big one that Californians have been warned about — Shy finds himself on a cruise ship serving towels to the wealthy patrons. But he's not out of harm's way. Matt de la Pena discusses his new novel, The Living, with NPR's Scott Simon. Even On The Water, Class Remains In Session Listen · 6:27 6:27 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/246380621/246873022" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Matt de la Peña is the author of Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and, most recently, The Living. Random House Children's Books hide caption toggle caption Random House Children's Books Code Switch Sometimes The 'Tough Teen' Is Quietly Writing Stories November 11, 2013 Young adult fiction writer Matt de la Peña didn't finish reading a novel until he was in college. In his Mexican-American family, men who read books were seen as "soft." But he discovered his passion in literature, which he now shares with his young readers and family.