Tag Archives: Matt de la Pena

BtB Holiday Book Picks!

The holidays are here! We think the best gift is a great book that can last a lifetime. Here at BtB, we have compiled a list of the merriest reads sure to inspire a special youngster in your life this holiday season. There’s something for everyone: from the early readers, to the intermediate readers, to […]

Sneak Peek! New High School Short Stories

As regular readers of this blog have no doubt realized, we are incredibly proud of the work being done by the 10th and 11th grade students in our programs CHAH.  Ms. Quinton, Ms. Charles-Harris, and Mr. Dickhudt’s 10th grade classes wrote short stories with Matt de la Pena (master of revision). Meanwhile, Mr. Dickhudt’s 11th graders learned about investigative […]

Tonight: YA Reading @ KGB Bar!

It’s that time again! On the second Thursday of every month we host a reading at the KGB bar, and this month we’re teaming up with One Teen Story to hear from three amazing Young Adult authors: Matt de la Pena, Lauren Mechling, and Lisa Ko! Matt de la Pena just wrapped up a short story program in […]

BtB’s Top 10 Books for Middle Schoolers!

Recently, we’ve been featuring books for high schoolers by authors we love. Today, we made the picks! Here are BtB’s top 10 books for middle schoolers, as recommended by our outstanding staff: Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez: Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th […]

7 Books for High Schoolers Recommended by Matt de la Pena

Today, we’re continuing our series of recommendations from the new library at the Community Health Academy of the Heights with a list from author Matt de la Pena! Matt is working with us and the 10th graders at CHAH who are writing short stories. Here are his suggestions. Drown by Junot Diaz: Born and raised in […]

Coming Soon: Reading Recomendations from BtB Authors

Access to literature is a fundamental part of creating readers for life and, in that spirit, we donate hundreds of books each year to our partner schools. Most of those books go directly to the students in our programs, and we usually donate an additional 5-10 books to the classroom or school’s library. But at […]

Matt de la Pena visits the Community Health Academy of the Heights

One of our coolest ongoing programs is with the three 10th grade classes at the Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH) (check out our other programs at CHAH) where students have been reading Matt de la Pena’s novel We Were Here. Written as a series of court-ordered diary entries, the story contemplates self-discovery and self-worth as the narrator, Miguel, […]