Crenshaw

Crenshaw

Book - 2015
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"A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary"-- Provided by publisher.
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's been gone for four years, but has come back into Jackson's life to help him. Is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250043238
1250043239
9781250080226
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number: J APPLEGATE, K

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The love of an imaginary cat changes lives.

List - Epic Reads: June 2017
DCLkids May 30, 2017

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. Crenshaw the imaginary cat comes back into Jackson's life to help him, but how much help can he be? A magical story about family, friendship and resilience.


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Edwamau May 11, 2020

Jackson, who is 11 years old, starts to see the signs that his family maybe in trouble and soon homeless. This is a wonderful book for grades 3-6 (and even older) to read and discuss how some people become homeless and how it affects the whole family.

jcljessicaj Apr 23, 2020

I am a big fan of using analogies to explain things that are hard to deal with and put into words. That's exactly what Crenshaw is. A huge imaginary cat showing up at a life changing, hard to understand time in Jackson's life is no accident. But is he imaginary? Because he, and the problems he causes, seem VERY real.

OPL_KIDS Apr 20, 2020

Crenshaw is an endearing book about a boy and his imaginary friend. Jackson and his family are going through some hard times. With not enough money for rent or food, the family may have to live in their car again. However, through all of this, Jackson’s imaginary human size cat Crenshaw appears to offer comfort and some insight to help Jackson through this difficult time. This book stresses the importance of being honest and the true meaning of friendship, both real and imaginary.

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StarRocks1000
Sep 18, 2019

An interesting read. The middle and end of the book were nice, but not the beginning. Jackson's non-believing personality was a little bit annoying. But other than that, it was great!

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HYOJINCHOI77
Sep 12, 2019

AR Quiz No. 176562 EN Fiction
 IL: MG - BL: 3.8 - AR Pts: 3.0

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sloanelCPL
Aug 25, 2019

A wonderful little book -- I wish I had a child of the right age in my extended family to warrant buying it as a gift. I like the potential to introduce children to the diversity of financial security that is reality (those children who don't already know it from the inside). I like the message that invisible friends are normal and helpful. And I love the idea that there is a giant teachers' lounge with "Lots of people waiting and snoozing and telling stories about exasperating, amazing children." "Imaginary friends are like books. We're created, we're enjoyed, ... and then we're tucked away until we're needed again."

ArapahoeMarcia Jun 30, 2019

A beautiful book about the power of an imaginary friend during challenging and frightening times.

SPPL_ReadBrave Oct 03, 2018

"Crenshaw" has been chosen as one of the four Read Brave Saint Paul youth books. When Crenshaw, a giant invisible cat, comes to town, Jackson starts fearing the worst. Last time he saw Crenshaw, Jackson's family was living in their car. Jackson has noticed his parents arguing, and now they'e selling most of their belongings. Does this, along with Crenshaw's reappearance, mean they'll be homeless again? A middle-grade perspective shares a maturing boy's struggle with learning hard truths from his parents and himself. Learn more at ReadBrave.org.

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rania1006
Aug 24, 2018

a heartwarming story about homelessness, feeling unsafe. and that imaginary friends are not only for kids.

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wmtlady
Sep 19, 2016

K Applegate ably communicates the mixture of emotion and thought that engulfs a tween who sees his family headed for another period of homelessness. The relationship between the parents and children in the family is wholesome and yet very real as they try to be loving, supportive and honest and yet not create worries for their kids.
I hated to leave this family when the story ended.

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“What bothered me most, though, was that I couldn’t fix anything. I couldn’t control anything. It was like driving a bumper car without a steering wheel. I kept getting slammed, and I just had to sit there and hold on tight.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Here’s the thing, Jackson. Life is messy. It’s complicated. It would be nice if life were always like this.” He drew an imaginary line that kept going up and up. “But life is actually a lot more like this.” He made a jiggly line that went up and down like a mountain range. “You just have to keep trying.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I like not knowing everything. It makes things more interesting.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“And right then I knew, the way you know that it’s going to rain long before the first drop splatters on your nose, that something was about to change.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“My mom told me once that money problems sort of sneak up on you. She said it’s like catching a cold. At first you just have a tickle in your throat, and then you have a headache, and then maybe you’re coughing a little. The next thing you know, you have a pile of Kleenexes around your bed and you’re hacking your lungs up.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Meantime, I was going to enjoy the magic while I could.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Fun fact, Jackson. You can't see sound waves, but you can hear music.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“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.”

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Jun 10, 2019

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indigo_cat_946 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 99

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wilcar49
Dec 10, 2015

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wilcar49
Dec 10, 2015

"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"

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wilcar49
Dec 10, 2015

Other: Book deals with topics such homelessness and poverty.

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