Author: Katherine Applegate
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan
Publication date: September 22nd 2015
Target Audience: Middle Grade
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy
Length: 256 Pages
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In her first novel since winning 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.
“Imaginary friends are like books. We’re created, we’re enjoyed, we’re dog-eared and creased, and then we’re tucked away until we’re needed again.”
“Here’s the thing, Jackson. Life is messy. It’s complicated. It would be nice if life were always like this.” He drew an imaginary line that kept going up and up. “But life is actually a lot more like this.” He made a jiggly line that went up and down like a mountain range. “You just have to keep trying.”
This book is really something special guys. Crenshaw is a perfect blend of fantastic and realist, serious and sentimental. Applegate really snuck up on me and left me feeling so much more than I expected.
I absolutely loved everything about this book. The writing style is just perfect and I loved Jackson’s voice. He’s a precocious child dealing with some really tough issues: poverty, hunger, homelessness etc.
The sensitivity and honesty with which these issues are dealt makes this book really stand out. The fact that it is told from the perspective of a child who is trying to make sense of the situation makes this perfect for the target demographic…not that I feel that any age reader couldn’t benefit from picking this one up.
We see how he feels about everything going on and how he feels about the way his parents are handling it, and his fears about the ramifications on his social life.
I don’t want to use the word perfect yet again but Crenshaw left me with more feelings that words to express them apparently…I’m tearing up again now just thinking about it and as usual I’m writing this review up at least a month after reading the book.
So I’ll just say: Read Crenshaw…you won’t regret it. I know I’ll be seeking out other Applegate titles now.
I dare any of you not to agree that this cover is just purrfect!