In Crenshaw, as she did in her Newbery Award winning The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate gives readers a story of hope when all seems lost. Jackson's family is struggling — unable to pay their rent, sometimes living out of their van, always hungry. When a tall, talking, purple-jelly-bean-loving cat named Crenshaw appears in his life, Jackson doesn't understand why. But Crenshaw knows he's there to help, and his presence brings comfort to a young boy desperately in need of a friend. Readers will fall in love with Jackson, who is so innocent, yet who carries a weight on his shoulders. Readers will also fall in love with Crenshaw, whose upbeat attitude and companionship help Jackson to feel that maybe, just maybe, there's still a little bit of magic in the world.— From Holiday Picks 2015
In her first novel since The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, 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. This title has Common Core connections.
About the Author
Katherine Applegate is the author of several best-selling young adult series, including Animorphs and Roscoe Riley Rules. Home of the Brave, her first standalone novel, received the SCBWI 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction and the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award. She lives with her family in Irvine, California.
“This accessible and moving novel demonstrates how the creative resilience of a child's mind can soften difficult situations, while exploring the intersection of imagination and truth.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“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