An imaginary friend isn’t supposed to come back. Not when you’re about to go into 5th grade and are too old for such baby stuff. But Jackson can’t get rid of the 7-foot-tall tuxedo-furred cat who shows up again one night singing showtunes in the (bubble) bath. Jackson is afraid he’s going crazy—and he doesn’t need that on top of the real possibility that his mom and dad will make them move out of their San Francisco apartment back into the van, like they had to do three years ago. Humorous, poignant, and enthralling, Applegate’s new novel is a worthy follow-up to Newbery-winner The One and Only Ivan.— Tera
In her first novel since The One and Only Ivan, winner of 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. This title has Common Core connections.
“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
“The tone is warm and, occasionally, quirkily funny, but it doesn't sugarcoat the effects of hunger and vulnerability. This novel adds a middle-grade perspective to the literature of imaginary friends and paints a convincing and compassionate portrait of a social class—the working poor—underrepresented in children's books.” —The Horn Book, starred review