Book-It Repertory Theatre of Seattle will bring the award-winning book Last Stop on Market Street to life at several of our libraries in December.
It is a story of a young boy riding a city bus with his grandmother and questioning why they don’t have a car. As they interact with fellow passengers,
CJ’s grandmother helps him to see the beauty in the world around him.
In one scene, as they step off the bus into a run-down neighborhood where they will serve meals to people in need, CJ asks his grandmother, “How come it’s
always so dirty over here?” She smiled and pointed to the sky. “Sometimes when you’re surrounded by dirt, CJ, you’re a better witness for what’s beautiful.”
The performance will be in Spanish and English.
Earlier this year, Last Stop on Market Street was awarded one of the highest honors in children’s books – the John Newberry Medal for literature
– and also received a Caldecott honor for illustration. Author Matt de la Peña is the first Hispanic author to win the Newberry.