Kathrine Applegate



September 1, 2023
Shresta R.

Crenshaw is a novel by Katherine Applegate. It's about a boy named Jackson and his imaginary friend, Crenshaw, a large black cat with a white belly. Jackson and his family struggle with hunger and homelessness. Jackson's father has multiple jobs, and after both parents are laid off from full-time work, they take part-time jobs that don't pay enough to cover the rent. 

Jackson first sees Crenshaw at a gas station and names him. At first, Jackson thinks Crenshaw is just an imaginary friend, but it turns out Crenshaw is real. Jackson and Crenshaw now see each other more often. The book goes in deep detail of how they pay off their debt and eliminate their problems. 

The book explores the impact of poverty on families and communities. The book is appropriate for ages 8-10 since it's very easy to read and understand. It's funny, sad, and wise so I rate this book a solid 5 stars.

The age rating for


is for

8, 9 and 10 year old kids