Ideas for Learners Promoting Literacy, Inquiry, and Meaningful Learning Experiences
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Book Summary

Jackson and his little sister have two loving parents, but they are struggling financially. They are forced to sell their family furniture to get by, including some of the childrens’ belongings, and they are trying to avoid having to live in their van again. Enter Crenshaw, Jackson’s imaginary friend.
Crenshaw book cover

Book Review

Resilience is a beautiful thing, but this is another story about a family in difficult circumstances. Although this book was not as magical for me as The One and Only Ivan, it contains some lovely writing. The plot explores some important themes, like homelessness and poverty, but the solution seems to wrap up too quickly to do these themes proper justice. This book reminds readers to appreciate the power of friendship and imagination during difficult times.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Poverty; Homelessness
  • Family Relationships
  • Imaginary Friends; Friendship
  • Imagination vs. Logical Analysis

Discussion Questions for this book:

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