Publication Date: September, 2017
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Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Ages 8 to 12
In this New York Times—bestselling novel, Newbery Medal winner 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.
For all the book is titled CRENSHAW, I was surprised at how he was not the true focus of the book. There is so much more going on here, and the appearance of Jackson's imaginary best friend is a symptom of it rather than a driving force. Jackson believes in facts. He does not believe in imaginary friends. But Crenshaw is there whether he believes or not, because Jackson needs someone. His family is trying to protect him from the truth, but Jackson knows what's going on: they're poor. They're struggling. And Jackson is old enough to understand that they won't have their home for much longer. Jackson narrates his past as well as his present, sharing both with equal honesty.