Book Review: Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Posted November 4, 2015 by Melissa in Book Review | 12 Comments

Book Review: Crenshaw by Katherine ApplegateTitle: Crenshaw
Author: Katherine Applegate
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan
Publication date: September 22nd 2015
Target Audience: Middle Grade
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy
Length: 256 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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.

Book Quotes

“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.”

My Thoughts

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.

Cover love

I dare any of you not to agree that this cover is just purrfect!

Trailer

About Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate

Applegate was born in Michigan in 1956. Since then she has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she has moved back to Southern California. She has an eleven year old son named Jake Mates, although she says the Animorph leader is not named after him. In 2003 she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many projects including Animorphs, adopted their daughter, Julia, in China.[citation needed] Following the end of Animorphs, Applegate took three years off. She is back at work and has written a picture book called “The Buffalo Storm,” a middle reader novel called “Home of the Brave,” and an early chapters series “Roscoe Riley Rules” with Harper Collins. Her book “Home of the Brave” has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award, and is a Judy Lopez Memorial Award honor book.

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