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The Living

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Author: Matt de la Peña

Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Pe a's The Living is a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel." Entertainment Weekly, A-]

Shy takes the summer job to make some money. A few months on a luxury cruise liner--how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two . . . every cruise has a fresh crop of passengers, after all. He'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills.
But then, an earthquake more massive than any ever recorded hits California and Shy's life is changed forever.
The earthquake is only the beginning. Twenty-four hours and a catastrophic chain of events later, Shy is lost at sea, fighting to survive--and stuck with her.
She's blond and she's rich, and never in her life would she have dreamed she'd be adrift in the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by death and completely dependent on a guy like Shy.
And Shy hasn't even faced the worst yet.
Look for the thrilling sequel, The Hunted, in bookstores now

Praise for The Living

"De la Pe a has created a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel."-Entertainment Weekly, A-

"Action is first and foremost. . . . De la Pe a can uncork delicate but vivid scenes." --The New York Times

" 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

STAR] An addictive page-turner and character-driven literary novel with broad appeal for fans of both.-Kirkus Reviews, Starred

STAR] An excellent, enthralling ride...a great read for those looking for adventure and survival stories.-VOYA, Starred

A Pura Belpr Author Honor Award Winner

An ALSC Notable Children's Book Pick

Publisher: Ember
Published: 01/06/2015
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 8.80h x 6.00w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780385741217
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5
Point Value: 11
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 162597 / Living

Award: Green Mountain Book Award - Nominee

About the Author

Matt de la Peña is the first Mexican American author to win the Newbery Medal. He attended the University of the Pacific on a basketball scholarship and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at San Diego State University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches creative writing. The Living is his fifth novel and was named a Pura Belpré Honor Book. Look for his other books, Ball Don't Lie, We Were Here, I Will Save You, and The Hunted, all available from Delacorte Press. You can also visit him at and follow @mattdelapena on Twitter.

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