Crenshaw (Paperback)

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Crenshaw is a heartwarming, tear-jerking tale that beautifully reminds readers of the importance of family, friendship, and honesty. Applegate has a remarkable way of bringing animals to life and connecting to young readers, never writing down to them. There is harsh reality in this story, but there is also resilience and redemption. And really, who can resist a giant, surfboarding, jelly bean-loving cat?

— Hannah

Jackson loves facts and wants to be a scientist. Fact: Jackson's family might have to start living out of their minivan again. Fact: Jackson's imaginary best friend, a gigantic cat named Crenshaw, has just reappeared. Fact: Both of these facts are tremendously troubling to Jackson! A story about family, about facts and imagination, about honesty and love, Crenshaw will make you smile and alternately weep. As she did with her Newbery Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate shows she knows the proper route to a reader's heart. It's a journey both dark and light, but it's honest and hopeful and oh so beautiful. 

— Will

There are a handful of fiction books I've read that address poverty and homelessness in children. CRENSHAW is one of them. This would be a perfect grade three read-aloud or book club pick. Jackson is the type of kid who doesn't believe in the Easter Bunny or magic tricks so he certainly can't believe his imaginary friend (an enormous cat named Crenshaw) comes back when his family once again falls on hard times. As the hunger pains become more frequent and losing their apartment more imminent, Crenshaw becomes a frequent visitor - much to Jackson's frustration. This is a book about asking for help when you need it, balancing realities with faith, and being honest with kids when they're old enough to take it. Highly recommend.

— Rachel Watkins

Crenshaw is an incredibly impactful book - for kids and adults alike! It's about the power of the imagination and the importance of having an open heart and a compassionate soul. I'm doing my best to make everyone I know read this one!

— Elizabeth

Jackson loves facts and wants to be a scientist. Fact: Jackson's family might have to start living out of their minivan again. Fact: Jackson's imaginary best friend, a gigantic cat named Crenshaw, has just reappeared. Fact: Both of these facts are trememdously troubling to Jackson! A story about family, about facts and imagination, about honesty and love, CRENSHAW will make you smile and alternately weep. As she did with her Newberry Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate shows she knows the proper route to a reader's heart. It's a journey both dark and light, but it's honest and hopeful and oh so beautiful.

— Will

Product Details
ISBN: 9789877470673
ISBN-10: 9877470675
Publisher: V&R Ediciones
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Language: Spanish