This book was recommended to me by one of my 5th graders, so of course I had to read it! :) I really like how this author tells a story and plan to "book talk" this book to my 4th and 5th graders. It's about a family that struggles to put food on the table and were homeless at one point. Crenshaw is the boys imaginary friend that he needs in times of stress. Unfortunately, a lot of my students can relate to this story, so I think it might help them to realize they aren't alone in some of their struggles.
Summary from amazon.com:
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.