Review: Crenshaw

Posted on October 6, 2015


Crenshaw coverCrenshaw
By Katherine Applegate
Feiwel & Friends
September 2015
256 pages

When the giant cat named Crenshaw surfs back into Jackson’s life, he’s pretty sure it’s a bad sign. The last time the cat who looks like he’s wearing a furry tuxedo hung out with Jackson, his family was between homes. In other words they were homeless and living in their van. Jackson is between fourth and fifth grade and he’s pretty sure from the signals his parents are sending out, they are about to be between homes – again. Jackson’s frustration mounts as his parents start to sell off stuff and collect the rest of their belongings for the big yard sale. He knows exactly what’s going on but they won’t talk to him about it. The last thing Jackson needs is a jelly-bean-eating imaginary cat, especially one as weird (he takes bubble baths) and rude (he drools on the pillow) as Crenshaw. But sometimes friendship comes from the most unexpected places. Crenshaw focuses on the hardships of one middle class family to expose the impacts of hunger and homelessness on the mind and spirit of a child.

Copyright (c) 2015 by Peggy Tibbetts

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