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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.



About the Author

Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate is the author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel CRENSHAW spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning HOME OF THE BRAVE, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. Katherine has written three picture books: THE BUFFALO STORM; THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF IVAN, THE SHOPPING MALL GORILLA (often used as a companion book to THE ONE ONE AND ONLY IVAN for younger readers) ; and SOMETIMES YOU FLY (publishing in spring, 2018) . For beginning readers, Katherine wrote ROSCOE RILEY RULES, a seven-book series. With her husband, Michael Grant, Katherine co-wrote ANIMORPHS, a long-running series that has sold over 35 million books worldwide. Katherine lives in Marin County, California, with her family and assorted pets.



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