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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “That material poverty need not mean spiritual or imaginative poverty becomes beautifully clear in the quietly moving pages of Last Stop on Market Street.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • Last Stop on Market Street provides a gentle twist, letting readers in on the secret Nana and CJ have known all along: They’re on the way to help others who have even less. But it’s also the warmth of their intergenerational relationship that will make this book so satisfying, for both young readers and the adults sharing it with them.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Matt de la Peña’s warmhearted story is musical in its cadences…[A] celebration of the joys of service, the gifts of grandmothers, and the tenderness that the city can contain.”

    Washington Post

  • “The voices of CJ and his grandmother carry the story along in subtle point and counterpoint so that at this book’s quiet close you feel like you’ve been listening to a song.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Like still waters [Last Stop on Market Street ] finds beauty in unexpected places, explores the difference between what’s fleeting and what lasts, acknowledges inequality, and testifies to the love shared by an African-American boy and his grandmother.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A young boy yearns for what he doesn’t have, but his nana teaches him to find beauty in what he has and can give, as well as in the city where they live…This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Author Matt de la Peña and narrator Lizan Mitchell are a winning combination in this story of CJ, an African-American boy and his Nana as they take the bus after Sunday church. Mitchell inhabits both CJ and his grandma from the moment he pushes through the church doors and questions why they must take a rickety bus while others have cars…Audio is the ideal way for kids to experience this emotive gem. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “This is an excellent book that highlights less popular topics such as urban life, volunteerism, and thankfulness, with people of color as the main characters. A lovely title.”

    School Library Journal

  • A Kids' Indie Next List Pick for Winter 2014-2015
  • Finalist for the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award
  • An American Library Association Reading List Top Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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