Crenshaw was released in 2015 and many of my book friends highly recommended it out of the gate. My (then) fourth grader read it last fall and loved it. So much so that she wrote a review for me to share (last year!).
Crenshaw is a very touching book about when you may need an imaginary friend. This story all begins with 5th grader Jackson, who loves facts and his imaginary friend Crenshaw. Crenshaw is a giant cat who walks on his hind legs, has black and white fur, and is very crazy. . . does one handed push ups, stands on his head and hangs out in sometimes, unfamiliar places. Jackson’s family is having money problems AGAIN. Will Jackson’s mom, dad, and little sister Robin have to live in a terrible life again- in an unexpected place again? Find out in the book Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate!
I finally read it this past summer and am so glad that I finally did! In Crenshaw, Katherine Applegate masterfully touches on the emotional topic of homelessness. Crenshaw is a wonderful book to read aloud to students to build empathy.
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