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The novels of Matt de la Peña have garnered numerous awards for their realistic, unvarnished depiction of young adults. His novels include “Mexican Whiteboy” and “I Will Save You.” He wrote the picture book “A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis,” which was illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Peña has also written for “Guys Read,” a series edited by Jon Scieszka. His new novel is “The Living” (Random House), which focuses on the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California.