By Katherine Applegate

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 5S3.825361

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.

Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
ISBN-13: 9781432863968
ISBN-10: 1432863967
Published on 3/13/2019
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 205

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This is a really good book! In Crenshaw, 5th grade Jackson reunites with his old imaginary friend, Crenshaw, a huge kitten with big green eyes and a like for purple jellybeans, just like Jackson, who first met Jackson when he finished 1st grade. Now, a 5th grader, Crenshaw is spotted surfing on the beach, holding up an umbrella. That's really not the point of surfing. Later, When Jackson sees Crenshaw taking a bath, he's like- What are you doing here? This is what Jackson learns from Crenshaw: Imaginary friends are always with their real friends, They're just waiting for the right time to come back, assuming there is. It's like they're just sitting on a couch, waiting for the phone to ring. It rang. (That was kind of a metaphor, I don't know. Plus, I'm not even up to that part yet. I skipped.)

stellaisthecool stellaisthecool

it was amazing, I love this author

It can be a heartbreaking book. His sister is just trying to adjust to the change, and his parents are just struggling. Living in a car would be hard with a family that is quite big for fitting in a car. It makes me smile when Crenshaw is there. HE may not be real, but he can guide you through your brain. HE can help with realizing that your life is not as hard as others. I thank Jackson for realizing that! Thank you Katherine Applegate for making such an amazing book!

Will Smith Will Smith

It’s really boring

Well it is if you do not connect to it!

I like how it tells about how a boy has never had an imaginary friend and probably the saddest part is that his mom and dad are having trouble paying for food and a house then they end up living in there own car that part made me realize i am lucky to have a home and food so thanks mom and dad.

i liked it but i don't know if will read it again. :(

Cool Cool

I love it! Its a amazing book!


i dont know if i should continue with this book only bcause as i rfead more and more i get less intreasdead i dont if that happend to any of you guys at all.

anonymouslambo anonymouslambo

Crenshaw by: Katherine Applegate, published 2015. Characters: Jackson, Robin, Mom, Dad, Aretha, and Crenshaw. The book is about Jackson and his family falling on hard times and they have financial problems and not much money for food. Jackson’s family and dog have to move into their minivan again. Crenshaw is an imaginary cat that came to life to help Jackson but Jackson doesn’t want anybody to know about and Jackson wants to get rid of him. Crenshaw is outspoken and large. I like this book because it’s very suspenseful and you never know if they’re going to figure out the problem. This book is recommended to 4th or 5th grade boys that likes suspense.

This is one of my favorite books. It is about a boy named Jackson and he is very poor. Jackson has a wild imagination. His imaginary friend is named Crenshaw. Crenshaw helps Jackson trough hard times. In the first chapter Crenshaw is a surfboarding cat. Cool right. Jackson and his little sister throw cereal in a cap and eat it. I felt bad for Jackson and his family. I loved this book so much that I bought it right after I read it. He has to live in his minivan again because he is poor. His parents even gave away the guitars they named Jackson and his sister after. That was the saddest part. I recommend this book to anybody with an imaginary friend! I hope you read this book!!! :)

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