Launching Matt de la Pena's The Hunted

Matt’s connection with teenage readers is unparalleled, both through his writing and his tireless personal outreach to students. Critically acclaimed across all arenas of children’s and young adult literature and literacy and beloved by readers of every age, Matt has been, quietly and unassumingly, setting the gold standard for what a children’s author should be for years now. We're thrilled to be hosting Matt for the launch of his new novel, The Hunted. If you're unable to attend the event and/ or can't stop buying things online, you can order a signed & personalized copy of The Hunted by clicking right here. If you have questions about your book order, Matt's author event, NJ Transit, or the meaning of life, please contact


When the Big One hit, Shy was at sea in style. The Paradise Cruise luxury liner he worked on was a hulking specimen of the best money could buy. And now it's at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, along with almost all of its passengers.

Shy wasn't the only one to survive, though. Addie, the rich blond daughter ofa mysterious businessman, was on the dinghy he pulled himself into. But as soon as they found the rest of the survivors, she disappeared. 

The only thing that filled the strange void of losing her was finding Carmen, his hot coworker, and discovering a way to get back home. But Shy's luck hasn't turned. Not yet. 

Back on the dinghy, Addie told him a secret. It's a secret that people would kill for--have killed for--and she has the piece that could turn everything on its ear. The problem? Shy has no idea where Addie is. Back home in California seems logical, but there are more ways to die back home then Shy could ever have guessed. 

And thanks to what Shy now knows, he's a moving target.


Praise for Book 1, The Living:  

“[The Living] is special because of its extraordinary protagonist, Shy, who I haven’t been able to shake from my mind in the weeks since I read the book.”-John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

"There's no way to classify The Living. It's everything I love mixed into one fantastic, relentless, action-packed story. As always with Matt, the characters are the best part. So real. I loved this book."-James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series 


Matt de la Peña is the author of six critically-acclaimed young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, The Living and The Hunted) and two award-winning picture books (A Nations Hope and Last Stop on Market Street). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball.