Ball Don't Lie
By Matt De La Pena
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385732321, 288pp.)
Publication Date: September 27, 2005
Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong.
But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.
A breakout urban masterpiece by newcomer Matt de la Peña, Ball Don’t Lie takes place where the street and the court meet and where a boy can be anything if he puts his mind to it.
First-time novelist Matt de la Peña attended the University of the Pacific on a basketball scholarship. He went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing in his hometown, at San Diego State University. Today he lives and writes (and occasionally still plays ball) in Brooklyn, New York.