Crenshaw! Who can resist? A giant cat who loves purple jelly beans and bubble baths. I was hooked by the cover alone, and happy to find that the heart of the book delivers. This is a compassionate tale of young Jackson, a kid whose family has fallen on hard times financially. Jackson is not one to let his imagination run wild, so the reappearance of his imaginary friend is troubling. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that he and his family may find themselves living in the car, again?
Author Katherine Applegate deftly navigates this tale, giving an endearing voice to her main character. Readers will root for Jackson and wish for their own Crenshaw. This book shines light on the struggle that homeless children endure, providing us opportunities for empathy and connection to anyone affected in this way.
Many thanks to Net Galley for providing this novel in advance. -Erin