Katherine Applegate’s Crenshaw surprised me. The cover image made me think I was going to read a children’s fantasy novel, but instead I went on an emotional journey with Jackson and his family.
Crenshaw, an imaginary cat-friend, reappears in Jackson’s life as his family experiences chronic illness, unemployment and homelessness.
Applegate adeptly takes us into the heart and mind of a child facing difficult living situations, while undergirding it with humor and loving family relationships.
For children in the middle grades at over two-hundred pages, I highly recommend Crenshaw. Be sure to have a box of tissues nearby.
Applegate, Katherine. Crenshaw. Square Fish, 2015.