Applegate, Katherine Crenshaw, 245 pgs. Feiwel and Friends, 2015. $16.99 Content: Language: G; Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.
Eleven year old Jackson loves his family but they are financially struggling. Jackson’s dad has MS and had to quit his construction job and Jackson’s mom got laid off as the music teacher at the Junior High. Although his parents have found part time jobs, it’s not enough to pay the rent and buy food. Jackson is nervous that they are going to have to live in their van again and now his childhood imaginary friend, Crenshaw, has shown up.
This is a heartbreaking and heartfelt story about a family that is struggling to make it from day to day. Jackson is an easy character to love and he tries to be a good son and brother. I loved the simple telling of a truth that many young people face of hunger and worry. I put the mature content at PG, because Jackson is stressed the entire book about eating and his family having enough money to have somewhere to sleep. Great book that is well written.
EL, MS – ESSENTIAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.