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In her first novel since The One and Only Ivan, winner of 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. This title has Common Core connections.


Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on September 22, 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN-10: 1250043239
ISBN-13: 9781250043238
83 Book Reviews
  • kindle7000
    kindle70007 months55 stars
    i love this book
    • peanutmuffin
      peanutmuffin7 months55 stars
      This book gets into different topics such as homelessness and poverty. I am not gonna say anything more about this book as it might be a spoiler and I dont want to spoil the book for you all as it's a book you all should read. Have a great day everyone!!
      • queennonobidodo
        queennonobidodo7 months55 stars
        I loved it and I have read it over and over and over again and again. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
        • ryan-1
          ryan-18 months55 stars
          Reading this book was so interesting it was hard to stop reading. My only complaint is that it was a short read. Katherine Applegate the author is amazing and I recommend her other books like the one and only Ivan.
        • techfashion0315
          techfashion03158 months55 stars
          This such a heartwarming book. The boy in this book is living in his parents car with his sister and parents. He is reunited with his imaginary friend and together they both help each other through challenging times.
          • pacerota-156993536260
            pacerota-156993536260over 1 year55 stars
            it is the best book in the world
            • book_lover250
              book_lover250over 1 year
              It's my favorite book of all. It's cute, funny, and sad all at the same time. 10/20 definitely recommend.
              • bluetiger
                bluetigerover 1 year55 stars
                It was sssssssssoooooooo good
                • devbaiba
                  devbaibaalmost 2 years55 stars
                  This was a amazing book.It was mind blowing for a book.
                  • beaners18
                    beaners18almost 2 years55 stars
                    this was a really liked it

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