CrenshawBook - 2015
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multcolib_kids Nov 02, 2012
Jackson's family has fallen upon hard times and is living in their minivan. His imaginary friend, a giant talking cat, comes back to help after years of absence.
multcolib_belmont Jun 28, 2016
Jackson's family has fallen upon hard times and is living in their minivan. His imaginary friend, a giant talking cat, comes back after years of absence to help. Can he help?
multcolib_central Dec 10, 2015
While worrying about his family, 10-year-old Jackson’s former imaginary pal Crenshaw appears again. The last thing Jackson wants around is a giant talking cat. Bits of humor alleviate this sensitive story depicting a child’s point of view on serious issues—homelessness and food insecurity. grades... Read More »
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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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indigo_cat_946 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 99
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"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"