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.
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☆ “This accessible and moving novel demonstrates how the creative resilience of a child’s mind can soften difficult situations, while exploring the intersection of imagination and truth.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
☆ “A compelling and unflinchingly honest treatment of a difficult topic.” – School Library Journal, starred review
☆ “Warm and, occasionally, quirkily funny. . . .[Crenshaw] paints a convincing and compassionate portrait of a social class — the working poor — underrepresented in children’s books.” – The Horn Book, starred review
“This book will remind you why you fell in love with reading.” – Colby Sharp, teacher
“I laughed. I cried. I cannot wait for you to read Crenshaw.” – John Schumacher, librarian
“I just love Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. What a special book.” – Lauren Castillo, author of the Caldecott Honor Book Nana in the City
“Katherine Applegate continues to amaze me with her ability to attack such profound issues and deliver them in a package that is accessible by so many.” – Mary Brown, Books, Bytes & Beyond
“I immediately wanted to hand Crenshaw to my nine-year-old daughter so she, too, could meet and befriend Jackson. Such a difficult topic dealt with in such a straightforward, believable way. It was a pleasure to read this latest gem from Katherine Applegate.” – Karen Rosenthal, R.J. Julia Booksellers
“Friends, Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate is just wonderful — can't wait to share with kids. Move this to the top of your to-be-read list.” – Mary Ann Scheuer, school librarian
“I just finished Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate and was not disappointed. A touching story with beautiful characters and a sweet family.” – Kerri Poore, Politics & Prose