The first time aspiring scientist and fact lover Jackson met Crenshaw, an imaginary black and white cat partial to purple jelly beans, was at a highway rest stop, right after 1st grade when he and his family lived in their minivan for fourteen days. Crenshaw disappeared when the family was able to move into an apartment and Jackson met kindred spirit Marisol in the beginning of 2nd grade. Now, in the summer before 5th grade, when Jackson’s family is again facing hard times, Crenshaw is back, bigger than ever, encouraging Jackson to “tell the truth.” Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan, gently and poignantly addresses the issue of homelessness, sensitively portraying the dilemma for parents and children alike. Would that all children facing this crisis have two friends when they need them - one encouraging them to trust and one encouraging them to believe in life’s magic. Not to be missed.— Jennifer
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.