Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

In her first novel since winning the NEWBERY MEDAL,
KATHERINE APPLEGATE
delivers an UNFORGETTABLE and
MAGICAL story about FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP, and RESILIENCE.

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her most recent novel for F&F, Crenshaw, spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, Home of the Brave (also F&F) continues to be on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. Katherine Applegate lives in Tiburon, California, with her family.

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Praise forCrenshaw

“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


Fight Hunger with Crenshaw

Share photos of your school food drive online with #CrenshawFoodDrive

Check back for information and resources on how to participate in the 2017 Crenshaw Food Drive later this summer.

Schools and libraries across the country host Crenshaw Food Drives to fight childhood hunger. See a few examples of their charity in action!

'I Donated' stickers

Students in Vermont filled a Crenshaw silhouette with "I Donated" stickers!

'Students at Food Pantry

Students conclude their Crenshaw Food Drive with a visit to the local food pantry to learn about how their donations will help those in need.

Decorated hallway'

Students in Michigan decorated a hallway with "I Donated!" wall decals

'Wall decals

The "I Donated!" wall decals in action!

'Students with poster

Students in Kentucky created posters to decorate the school hallways

'I Donated' stickers

Students research childhood hunger and the best foods to donate to food pantries to prepare for their Crenshaw Food Drive

Did you know. . .
  • Nearly one in five kids in America lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
  • Three out of five K–8 public school teachers say they regularly see students come to school hungry.
  • Teachers of hungry kids spend, on average, about $37 of their own money each month to buy food for students.


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    Praise for Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

    “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.” – Publisher's 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.” – Horn Book, starred review