Crenshaw

Crenshaw

eBook - 2015
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"A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2015.
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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A boy who has experienced homelessness copes with the help of his imaginary (?) friend, a giant cat.

A boy who has experienced homelessness copes with the help of his imaginary (?) friend, a giant cat.


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wmtlady
Sep 19, 2016

K Applegate ably communicates the mixture of emotion and thought that engulfs a tween who sees his family headed for another period of homelessness. The relationship between the parents and children in the family is wholesome and yet very real as they try to be loving, supportive and honest and yet not create worries for their kids.
I hated to leave this family when the story ended.

AL_KELSEY Aug 09, 2016

Invisible friends--they happen. And they can help us get through some really difficult times in our lives. Meet Crenshaw, the cat--A+ Imaginary Friend

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chenrong
Jul 12, 2016

This was a great book. It was sad and suspenseful, and happy and cheerful. The different parts of the book tells about Jackson's past, and present. A nostalgic book!

MEDINASTORYTIME Dec 17, 2015

Good book - JH

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wilcar49
Dec 10, 2015

I enjoyed this book. It can be pretty heavy stuff for a young reader to handle. As a parent would recommend it strongly for kids and adults. Perhaps, parents and children can use the book have a discussing on topics such as homelessness.

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jescar82
Dec 10, 2015

This is a very moving book. It is not a depressing book. However, it's not a light read. I recommend it for early middle school age. The book can be used to discuss real world issues such as homelessness and hunger (for more mature children).

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joywolf83
Nov 29, 2015

The story is simple and really seems like just a small chapter out of the young boy's life. The family is interesting with flaws. None of the flaws are turn offs, instead they help explain the characters thinking and motives for actions. So even though you don't care for some of the things they do, you understand *why* they choose to do it that way. Which I like because it teaches empathy. Also if you can understand the "why", you're a lot more forgiving of those shortcomings.

Crenshaw the cat, feels more adult than anyone else in the book. If you ever saw the old black and white movie named Harvey with Jimmy Stewart, you'll understand the premise for the imaginary friend. I loved that movie and I loved this book!

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BUNBUN1978
Oct 15, 2015

I really enjoyed this book nice short and sweet, but with a serious tone to the story. Jackson and his family face the threat of being homeless and living in the car. which happened to them a few years before. Jackson old imaginary friend comes back into his life to help him sort things out. The parentis in this story sort of annoyed me especially the dad but I guess the reader is supposed to feel that way. overall great book who make you want to talk too your childhood imaginary friends again.

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carinmilburn
Sep 30, 2015

sweet, lovely book about a boy whose family lives with financial, thus food insecurities. Love the cat. Love the boy.

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“What bothered me most, though, was that I couldn’t fix anything. I couldn’t control anything. It was like driving a bumper car without a steering wheel. I kept getting slammed, and I just had to sit there and hold on tight.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Here’s the thing, Jackson. Life is messy. It’s complicated. It would be nice if life were always like this.” He drew an imaginary line that kept going up and up. “But life is actually a lot more like this.” He made a jiggly line that went up and down like a mountain range. “You just have to keep trying.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I like not knowing everything. It makes things more interesting.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“And right then I knew, the way you know that it’s going to rain long before the first drop splatters on your nose, that something was about to change.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“My mom told me once that money problems sort of sneak up on you. She said it’s like catching a cold. At first you just have a tickle in your throat, and then you have a headache, and then maybe you’re coughing a little. The next thing you know, you have a pile of Kleenexes around your bed and you’re hacking your lungs up.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Meantime, I was going to enjoy the magic while I could.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Fun fact, Jackson. You can't see sound waves, but you can hear music.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Imaginary friends are like books. We're created, we're enjoyed, we're dog-eared and creased, and then we're tucked away until we're needed again.”

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indigo_cat_946 Mar 11, 2016

indigo_cat_946 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 99

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wilcar49
Dec 10, 2015

wilcar49 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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wilcar49
Dec 10, 2015

"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"

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wilcar49
Dec 10, 2015

Other: Book deals with topics such homelessness and poverty.

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