Grades 4 & up
with a Fantasy Element
The One and Only Ivan
Home of the Brave
Sometimes You Fly
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, and they are trying to avoid having to live in their van again. Enter Crenshaw, Jackson’s imaginary friend.
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.
"I am positively flummoxed as to why your family felt the need for a dog,' said Crenshaw, eyeing her suspiciously. 'Why not a cat? An animal with some panache? Some pizzazz? Some dignity?' " p. 59
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