Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
How will he cope? Enter his imaginary friend, a very large cat named Crenshaw.
As Jackson navigates the heart-breaking terrain of his loss and uncertainty, Crenshaw becomes an invaluable confidant, companion, and true friend.
Newbery Award winning author Katherine Applegate has created memorable characters (both real and imaginary) and a story that remains with me, long after I turned the final page.
In life often there are no "take backs". There is no turning back.
I felt the way you do the instant before you leap into the deep end of a pool.
You're on your way to somewhere else. You're not there yet. But you know there's no turning back.
Memory is selective.
When I try to remember my whole entire life, it feels like a Lego project where you’re missing some of the important pieces, like a robot mini-figure or a monster truck wheel. You do the best you can to put things together, but you know it’s not quite like the picture on the box.
Events often overtake our lives in gradual increments.
I guess becoming homeless doesn't happen all at once.
Some things defy logic.
There's always a logical explanation, I told myself.
Often we say things don’t matter, but deep inside we know some things are significant to us.
Things were just things. Bits of plastic and wood and cardboard and steel. Bunches of atoms….Still I felt twisted inside. Like I’d swallowed a knotted-up rope.
It’s difficult to talk about the pain that you feel.
I wasn’t lying, exactly. It was more that I left out certain facts and focused on others.
Imaginary friends can serve an important purpose.
Imaginary friends are like books. We're created, we're enjoyed, we're dog-eared and creased, and then we're tucked away until we are needed again.
Imagination adds richness and wonder to our lives.
Jackson...just enjoy the magic while you can, okay?
Hope can be an elusive thing.
...every so often I'd catch a glimpse of his tail riding the wind like the end of a kite.
I'd feel hopeful then, for a while at least, that things would get better, that maybe, just maybe, anything is possible.
Help the Hungry
- Bookstores can register to participate by October 15, 2015 . For every store that signs up, Macmillan will donate $100* to No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.
- Katherine Applegate will visit the store that collects the most nonperishable food items, and she’ll conduct Skype visits with three runners-up.
- Bring nonperishable food items to your local participating bookstore.
To learn more visit the Crenshaw Food Drive website.