Author Tells Stories To Students
Posted: January 25, 2013 at 5:28 a.m.
A professor handed Matt de la Pena a book during his sophomore year at University of the Pacific and suggested he read it.
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Matt de la Pena’s 2008 novel, “Mexican WhiteBoy,” was removed from classrooms in the Tucson, Ariz., School District last year after the state passed a law making it illegal to teach courses in public schools that focus on a single ethnic group. A student at Tucson High School raised $1,000 to bring de la Pena to speak at the school after the district discontinued its Mexican-American studies program. The novel focuses on a teen boy striving to pitch for his high school baseball team.
De la Pena said Thursday as a writer, he used to think it’d be cool to have one of his books be banned. “But being banned from Mexican-American readers, that hurts,” he said.
Source: The University of Arkansas, Staff Report
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