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Author Matt de la Peña's "Silent Revolution"

What unifies de la Peña’s writing across genres and styles, is his commitment to portraying diverse characters and the challenges they face. He strives to give a voice to disadvantaged youth, without limiting the scope of their narratives.

I will always write about kids growing up with less. My own experience with poverty is the single most defining piece of my childhood. If my stories create empathy, great. But that’s not exactly what I’m after. I just think the lives of kids growing up in difficult circumstances are beautiful and worthy, too. (YALSA The Hub)

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