Last Stop on Market Street

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Penguin, 2015 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages

Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty--and fun--in their routine and the world around them.

This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena's vibrant text and Christian Robinson's radiant illustrations.


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This book tells the story of a boy named CJ who lives with his grandmother. CJ lives a very different life than his classmates and notices that he has to ride a bus when they have cars. His ... Read full review

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Cj questions his grandmother on my he cant have or do thing that other people do. She gives him a encouraging answer every time. He then questions how she can be so positive and admires that. This book is great when your introducing figurative language and has a lot of description words. Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Matt de la Peņa ( is the author of several critically-acclaimed young adult novels, as well as the celebrated picture book A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. Matt lives in Brooklyn, NY. Follow him on Twitter @mattdelapena

Christian Robinson ( is the winner of the 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, as well as the 2013 Marion Vannett Ridgeway Honor. Christian lives in San Francisco, California.

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