Matt de la Peña visits Virginia Cross Elementary

Thursday, May 9, 2024: Matt de la Peña is coming to Virginia Cross, Kindergarten - 2nd grades!

Important Info for Ordering:

  • Be sure to list your STUDENT'S NAME and TEACHER'S NAME in the order comments section during checkout.
  • The book will be signed by Matt de la Peña and personalized for the student.
  • We will automatically apply a 10% discount to all books ordered for this event! We will manually apply the discount before we process it.
  • We'll deliver the books to Virginia Cross; there are no shipping charges!
  • All orders must be received by noon on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

From the Newbery Medal-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street comes this moving picture book about the perils of perfectionism.

Lucas goes to the perfect school in the perfect neighborhood. But life at home is not so perfect. His dad’s old work truck stalls in front of the school. The electricity is out when he gets home, and he doesn’t even have time to show his mom his report (on which he received a perfect score) before she rushes off to her night job.

That night, Lucas dreams of a strange light, which he follows down the fire escape, into the alleyway, clear out of his neighborhood, all the way to the place where the perfect people live. Everything there is more beautiful than he could have imagined. But is it possible things aren’t as perfect as they seem?

This lyrical, richly illustrated picture book highlights the beauty to be found in even the humblest of homes and in a family that may not be materially rich but is rich in love.


Matt de la Peña is the Newbery Medal–winning author of Last Stop on Market Street. He is also the author of the award–winning picture books Patchwork, Milo Imagines the World, Carmela Full of Wishes, Love, and A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, as well as a number of critically acclaimed young adult novels. Matt teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country. You can visit Matt at mattdelapena.com, or follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mattdelapena.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 9:30am
Event address: 
Siler City, NC
The Perfect Place By Matt de la Peña, Paola Escobar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593325636
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Preorder Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2024

El lugar perfecto By Matt de la Peña, Paola Escobar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593699027
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Preorder Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2024

Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015