"Whenever the main character's life gets a little bit stressful, his imaginary friend pops up to complicate matters. It doesn't help that the imaginary friend is a gigantic purple cat...who talks! Really, Crenshaw the Cat helps his boy work through times when the family is homeless, broke, and hungry. This silly character tackles the very important topics of childhood hunger, poverty, and homelessness."--Reviewed by Emily Ages 9+— From Emily Recommends
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 the bestselling Animorphs series, and the novels Home of the Brave and The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. She lives with her husband, author Michael Grant, and their two children in Northern California.