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  • Fighting Censorship and Assumptions Through Words and Actions

    Matt de la Pena

    Matt de la Pena is not just a man of words.  Of course, as an author, words are his world, but when it comes to children’s and young adult literature, he bolsters words of legitimacy with actions of advocacy.  Awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award for 2016 for his advocacy, Matt strives to defend and campaign for multicultural YA texts, which allow adolescent readers to see “reflections of themselves.”  

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