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Crenshaw

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  18,679 ratings  ·  3,146 reviews
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.
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
I began this book blind as a bat.... making this my 2nd children’s book - [ books for ‘all’ ages], by Katherine Apple.

Issues: sensitive issues explored .....through creative compassionate storytelling by a very skillful author.

Once I started it - I could not put it down.
Jackson - our 11 year old narrator is a little ‘too adult’... at times... but oh sooo lovable!!!!He’s aware of his parents struggles - the family problems - and wishes to help.

Thank goodness Jackson has an imaginary frie
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Kelli
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
I read so many books to my children. I love to read to them; to watch them transformed by a story; to listen to their brilliant assessments and fascinating questions; to see them fully engaged in the wonder of a book. I have considered reviewing every book I read next year (including all children's literature & picture books) but I fear my small group of friends here might be bored to tears with me if I did. I have read some pretty amazing books for children and unfortunately, this is not on ...more
Pamela
Jul 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Rebecca McNutt
I was really surprised by Crenshaw. Its off-beat, original story is enough to draw any reader in, but it's the characters, their family unity and support, that really keeps everything interesting. I'm glad that this book didn't go for the cliché "imaginary friend mental illness" plot the way so many books featuring imaginary friends often do. Instead, Crenshaw is just a wonderful story about friendship, family and loyalty, and it's a book I don't think I'll ever forget.
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“I can see my imaginary friend. I can hear him. I can talk to him. He is using a towel.”




Crenshaw is the type of book that should be read in school. It reads simple but packs a punch and delivers a very important message. Crenshaw is about a young boy going through a very difficult time with his family. His family has hit a real low with their fiances and they find themselves having to sell their belongings just to be able to eat most nights. They've also been reduced to sleeping in their cars and endlessly
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Hannah Greendale
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Crenshaw follows the story of Jackson, a no-nonsense boy who prefers facts over stories and wants to be an animal scientist. Oh, and he has an imaginary friend who's a giant cat.

This surprising little book packs an emotional punch. Jackson's parents are in serious financial trouble; their stressful circumstances are taking a toll on Jackson. Mom and Dad remain cheerful and upbeat, putting on a happy face for their kids, but Jackson is no dummy. He knows times are bad and, whether he likes it or not, Cr
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Sh3lly
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book I read with my daughter (she is ten). She gave it 4 stars. Her favorite character was Crenshaw. She said it was a good book because it showed a family that had financial issues. They sometimes lived in their van and couldn't find work. They went from apartment to apartment. The mother, father, Jackson, the son, the sister Abigail, and the dog, Aretha.

Some of their toys and stuff had to be sold in garage sales and once, the father sat on a corner and had to ask for mone
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Trish
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this was a surprisingly fast read despite the very dark topic (I took the book with me this morning but didn't actually start reading it until this afternoon on the train).
The book is clearly for children but I'll be damned if adults (no matter if they already have children of their own or not) can't learn a lot from it too!

The story is about the boy Jackson, his parents and his little sister Robin. The parents are failed musicians turned whatnots and they are in deep financ
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Calista
I knew nothing of this book before going in but it was supposed to be good. WOW! Love. It seems like this book will be about an imaginary friend and it is. Then Katherine Applegate super ninja's you and she gives only hints about Crenshaw the imaginary cat and she shows you the raw painful world of Jackson and the life he leads. This book is about poverty. The end does address the help Imaginary friends give. What an amazing fantastic book. It is so raw and real. I am so affected by this book. I ...more
Trevor
Nov 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
First off, for a book titled Crenshaw & the cover depicting the cat, I expected him to have a much larger impact on the book than he actually did. Crenshaw is Jackson's imaginary friend (as mentioned, IF's come into lives mostly during times of stress), so Applegate had a massive opportunity to make Crenshaw a positive character aiding Jackson in a vulnerable time of need. Instead, she chooses to have Crenshaw make periodic appearances with ridiculously cliche lines, completely ruining his c ...more
Beth
If you want to move a student up a reading ladder that pairs the heartbreak and hope of Eve Bunting's YARD SALE with the emotion and imagination of THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE by Dan Santat, look no further than Katherine Applegate's newest novel CRENSHAW.
Marcie
The last book I read aloud to my husband before he died was The One and Only Ivan. All I could think as I read this was I wish I had someone to read it aloud to. I loved The twitter picture of a school's collection of items to donate to their local homeless shelter. There is so much to feel and talk about in this slim book.

As I read I found a favorite quote and said oh, I need to remember the page. Turns out it was 222, my favorite number. "Imaginary friends are like books. We're created, we're
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Salem
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
So a few of my friends are teachers, and they typically teach late elementary/early middle school age children. This cropped up on my Goodreads page a few times and I liked the cover, didn’t know anything about it, so I read it.

I did not realise until I started it that it was probably meant for 8 to 10 year olds, since the main character is about to enter 5th grade. But, you know what? I’m overjoyed that I read it. It was wholesome and pure and I’m not even a little bit sorry to have spent that
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Skip
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
A sweet, but somewhat meandering story about a boy named Jackson and his family struggling in difficult economic and health circumstances. His father has MS and had to quit his construction job, leaving the parents with a series of part-time jobs. The book explores the subjects of poverty and homelessness and their effect on children, with Jackson discussing his problems with his imaginary friend, a large cat named Crenshaw. Jackson's relationship with Marisol is one of the highlights in the sto ...more
Abby Johnson
Wow... just wow....

With masterful characterization, Katherine Applegate has painted a portrait of a family struggling to make ends meet and the effects that has on the children in the family. Jackson remembers what it was like when his family had to live in their van, and he's afraid that those times are coming back. Now that he's entering fifth grade, he's old enough to want to do something about it, but how can he help when his parents want to keep him and his little sister in the dark?

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Victoria Scott
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Short, beautiful read. It's MGs like this that make me want to write them.
Etienne
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better then expected! What a beautiful and inspiring story. A book about a family having a hard-time and how a young boy try to deal with it using his imaginary friend. Yeah the ending was a bit cheesy and everything seem to work and fit into place a bit too easily but it's a children book so for me that wasn't a problem. I like the hard subject and the importance of talking about it, so children would understand some of our modern reality and will also see that they're probably more lucky ...more
Suad Shamma
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2015, favourites
I really loved this book, a lot more than I thought I would. Even though it is considered a children's middle grade book, but the themes it discusses are serious enough to allow even adults, and especially parents, to relate to it and to become invested with the characters.

This book discusses imaginary friends and the role they play in a child's life. Especially a child that needs to have an imaginary friend in his or her life because of what their reality is lacking. In Jackson's case, his ima
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Linda
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it

I chose this as an audio book to listen to in the car with my kids on the way to school each morning. Their interest came and went, and I finally ended up finishing the book on my own.

I thought the story and message was pretty good, but it was based on bleak material - the struggle of a family against homelessness and ensuring they had enough to eat. Needless to say, the majority of the story was depressing, so perhaps not the best option for an audio book during these dark and drear
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Franki Sibberson
Love:-) Possible 3rd grade read aloud for later in the year.
The Captain
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! This was an audiobook that I picked up for two reasons: 1) the author previously won the Newbery Medal and 2) it has a giant cat on the cover.

The cat was supposed to be both invisible and magic. I had assumed that the story would be lighthearted and that the cat and little boy would get into all kinds of adventures. This book had a way more serious tone. It was about a struggling boy named Jackson. His mom lost her job and his dad has MS. They are poor and about
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Karina
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
My 4 star rating is on how the subject matter made me feel. It's hard for me to throw out 5's unless the plot was amazing. A boy and his family go into near homelessness for the second time, ready to live in their minivan. Crenshaw, the imaginary cat reappears when Jackson needs him the most. The father has MS and is too proud to ask for help. The mother has 3 part time jobs and still cannot provide enough to pay the rent. It is heartbreaking to know 1 in 5 children are near starvation in this c ...more
Brooke
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two years ago I discovered a little gem called, "The One and Only Ivan" and that book literally made me see literature and storytelling in a different way.

Applegate's newest character, Crenshaw is a large black and white cat; he's sarcastic, wise, and loyal. To 10 year old Jackson he is a friend and forces Jackson to stay innocent and hold onto the magic in life, because Crenshaw is imaginary.

I read this book in one sitting. The message is beautiful. Applegate has done it again, writing childr
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Carol (Reading Ladies)
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate is a beautifully and creatively written middle grade story exploring poverty, homelessness, and imaginary friends. Because the content of this book builds compassion and the topic of homelessness might worry some readers, I'm recommending it as an excellent “read together” book.

As a teacher at a Title 1 school where the student population often experienced poverty and homelessness, I made many personal connections with this story which enriched my read
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Ms. Yingling
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
E ARC from Netgalley.com

Jackson and Robin's parents are struggling to make ends meet. They are both artistic, and have tried to take whatever jobs they can to earn money, but Jackson's father has multiple sclerosis, and this makes matters even more difficult. When the family is behind on rent and low on food, they decide to hold a yard sale to try to make up the difference. About this time, Jackson is revisited by Crenshaw, a giant yet invisible talking cat who last appeared when he
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Julia Sapphire
3.25 stars

“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.”

This book is such a quick and enjoyable read! This book had themes of imaginary friends, friendship, family, financial issues, magic and sibling relationships. I enjoyed some of the analogues in this book, I felt Applegate did a good job of comparing two things to make one seem more understandable to younger readers.

"I felt like I al
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Angus Killick
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I read this in one fell swoop and loved every single word! This is such a taught and beautifully crafted piece of writing. A boy and his imaginary friend, Crenshaw, weather the storms of a difficult life at home when his family fall on hard times. Jackson, tries to resist his fantastical friend by denying his 'need' for him, but eventually the relationship finds a place of acceptance and life is easier to bear. Brilliantly written in short economic chapters, with such warmth and gentle humo ...more
Marisa Bisaccia [book whisperer]
If it wasn't for the reading challenge I am in I, would of never read this book. However, it's a decent book about being honest and living life. If you want a quick and fun book I would say give it a shot.
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
Buddy read with - child #2
Gender - Female
Nickname - Beast.
Age - 8
Likes - mess, snails, cheese and adorable kittens
Dislikes - roadkill and onions
Random quote - "We can't have a pet rhinoceros because I don't like dung beetles"

Faseeh Ilahi
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
So this morning I finished "Crenshaw" by Katherine Applegate.


Rating: 4.5/5 🌟


The story basically follows Jackson, who is just a small boys. But unlike most of the small boys, he believes in fact.

Jackson family has been going through some tough time lately. Due to which they might have to leave there home and live in a minivan again.
Then Crenshaw appear who is an imaginary friend of Jackson. And he tells him that he has came to help Jackson.
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Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.

Katherine has written three picture books: The
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“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.” 32 likes
“Fun fact, Jackson. You can't see sound waves, but you can hear music.” 8 likes
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