Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate


I’ve seen a lot of buzz about this book. It’s on lists and reviews all over. We just got it at my library this week so I decided to read it real quick since Fridays tend to be slow. Katherine Applegate, as you may know, is the author of the Newbery award winning book, The One and Only Ivan, which I also read in one sitting.

This was a great book about a boy named Jackson. There are a few flashbacks to a time when his family was living in his car. It was at this time that Crenshaw, his imaginary cat friend, first appeared. The premise of the book is that Crenshaw is back! Jackson feels like he’s too old for imaginary friends (5th grader) and wants him to go away but this may be another time in his life when Jackson needs Crenshaw. There are a lot of themes in this book that sometimes get glossed over or ignored in children’s literature including homelessness and hunger. But this book does a great job talking about them and enforcing the idea that you should always tell the truth. Another book that I liked that addresses hunger in a kid friendly way is Maddi’s Fridge. In case you need a book like that. Anyway, this was a great book and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Definitely a discussion book, maybe even for a classroom.


School Library Journal

Horn Book

Publisher’s Weekly


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