In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience. 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. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything? Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
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by Katherine Applegate
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"Kirby Heyborne's evenhanded narration fits first-person narrator Jackson, who describes himself as "not an imaginary friend kind of guy." Heyborne makes Jackson's bewilderment clear as the fourth-grader, who is bent on becoming a scientist, tries to puzzle out the reappearance of Crenshaw, an oversized imaginary cat who showed up three years before, when Jackson and his parents were homeless. Heyborne deftly portrays how Jackson's parents downplay their predicament and how Jackson tamps down his scary feelings as he tries to shield his sister from the realities of their lives. Heyborne gives the cat gentle tones that help to calm Jackson as he come to terms with his family's situation. Young listeners will be reassured by Heyborne's quiet delivery as they hear about a difficult topic. S.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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