ISBN: 1250043239
EAN13: 9781250043238
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 22, 2015
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.6" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.

Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.

Praise for Crenshaw

The tone is warm and, occasionally, quirkily funny, but it doesn't sugarcoat the effects of hunger and vulnerability. This novel adds a middle-grade perspective to the literature of imaginary friends and paints a convincing and compassionate portrait of a social class--the working poor--underrepresented in children's books. --The Horn Book, starred review

.a quick read that encourages people of all ages to be honest with one another and value family and friends (real and imaginary ) --Booklist

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   ' but I put it off for a while -- seemed like it would be a bummer
I put it off for a while because it seemed like it would be a bad thing. I'm very happy I read it. The effect homelessness has on children is described in a great way.
   Loving Crenshaw
I only read a few pages of the book. My daughter devoured this book. She liked it very much. She could empathise with the male character Jackson even though she has not had the trials he encounters. That is a good sign of a good story. It is enjoyable to read. My daughter will be getting more Applegate novels. Kort.
   Fearlessly addresses fears of homelessness from a child's viewpoint
I've never read a book that addresses both homelessness and hunger from a child's point of view. The author has done a great job of putting a child's imaginary friend into the story to help deal with the stresses placed upon this child family. The author had an imaginary friend show the child that telling the truth is best if the parents don't like it. I would recommend this book to all students. We need to show our students how they can make a difference.
   Telling the truth to who matters most
The story of a family going through hard times is well written. It tells the story of relationships, growing older and understanding more, wanting life to be different, telling the truth and doing what is right for you and those you love. I will be sharing this story with students and teaching compassion and respect.
   The author manages to keep it lighthearted while covering the very serious issue of poverty.
My daughter and I both liked this book. I will definitely recommend it. Even though it is a serious topic, it is full of humor. I did not have a single complaint after reading the book. Will be looking into other books by this author.
Kid's books are one of the books I love the most. I find them to be entertaining, well written, uncomplicated, a quick read, and almost always the story tugs at your heartstrings. The story was lacking at times. I wanted the story to be a little more developed, something that was really interesting to happen. There was something missing despite the very creative storyline. The story was still good but not as good as Ivan. I would recommend this book to both kids and adults.
   Read aloud for fourth graders
To my class, read. There was a great discussion about food insecurity and homelessness.
   Excellent book introducing kids to the complexities of being poor and homeless.
My daughter read it to school. I wasn't sure if it would be a good read for her because we tackled these issues ourselves, so we read it together so we could talk about it. It's a good book and manages these tough issues through the lens of a young child who is dealing with these and past sources of trauma in the same easy to process manner as films like Inside Out. I would recommend it to kids and parents who are dealing with tough issues or who want to educate a child in a neutral way.
   Simple to understand but suspenseful as well.
The book gives kids a chance to see a different view of others' struggles. I loved it!
   I don’t know
My son started reading it today and he said it was confusing. I thought he was a joke. I took the book from him and it wasn't simply written for 10 year olds. I read 10 chapters with him to make sure he is on track. The subject is suitable for kids. We'll see how it goes. Update when he's done.