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Crenshaw
Crenshaw | Katherine Applegate
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.
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TheBookKeepers
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Panpan

I was not a huge fan of this book. The content was very heavy for my kiddo & overall mood was extremely melancholy. The story is about a family on the verge of homelessness for the 2nd time & the reappearance of our 5th grade MC imaginary friend, a cat named Crenshaw. I had hoped that Crenshaw was a stronger support & the ending packing a bigger punch to uplift the whole experience, but we were disappointed.

TheBookHippie This is a favorite in the school I‘m at, the kids were so pleased to see themselves in a book. 1mo
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JenniferEgnor
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It seems like I should have thought to myself, Wow, a cat is talking to me, and that is not something that usually happens at a highway rest stop. But all I remember thinking is how great it was to have a friend who liked purple jellybeans as much as I did.

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JenniferEgnor
Crenshaw | Katherine Applegate
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Discovered a new, small local book store today!

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Sweetkokoro
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Pickpick

This book gave me so many Totoro feels whenever Crenshaw was around. But it also could have used more Crenshaw. The amount of time we are given to get to know and understand Crenshaw was very small, but the overall story was great, you follow a young boy who‘s family is losing everything again. The boy is trying to deal with it but has a hard time expressing himself. It‘s a bittersweet story and written so well. I adore Applegate‘s storytelling.

JenniferEgnor Totoro!!!😍 4mo
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sblbooks
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Imaginary friends a like books. We're created, we're enjoyed, we're dogeared and creased, and then we're tucked away until we're needed again."
An enjoyable read about family struggles, and homelessness.
#MiddleGradeMay @SaturnDoo @megnews

CouronneDhiver I really liked this one too 😊 6mo
Addison_Reads 💚 Such a heartfelt read. 6mo
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sblbooks
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Tell me what your favorites are in group 4 for #middlegradeMay. Thanks for your suggestions!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind! I didn‘t read that until I was an adult, but I wish I had read it in middle school...such a great look at things from another perspective, a different country, and what even kids (or anyone really) can do to help the community and make a difference with a little knowledge and ingenuity. I loved it! 7mo
sblbooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks, I'll check it out. 7mo
Addison_Reads I second The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Because of Winn-Dixie is great too. 7mo
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Addison_Reads Crenshaw was a good one too; it hit me in the feels. 7mo
sblbooks @Addison_Reads I love books with pets, even imaginary ones.😹 7mo
toofondofbooks The Bronze Bow is excellent 7mo
wanderinglynn I liked both Winn-Dixie & Crenshaw. 7mo
CogsOfEncouragement Crenshaw is heartfelt and Lemoncello‘s is pure fun. 7mo
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RealLifeReading
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We listened to this audiobook and I was surprised by how much my kids enjoyed it. I had to stop the audiobook here and there just to make sure the 5yo (and sometimes the 8yo) understood what was going on. We haven‘t quite read a book like Crenshaw before, one which talked about hunger and poverty and eviction. I think it may have been an eye opener for my boys, to learn of kids going hungry and families living out of cars. 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟

rretzler It was such a cute book. Have you read The One and Only Ivan by Applegate? It is a fantastic book. 7mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @rretzler ☝️ oh man, Ivan is SO good! My daughter and I loved it 7mo
RealLifeReading @rretzler and @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled oh we all loved Ivan! We also read the nonfiction picture book about Ivan 7mo
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kayleaallison
Crenshaw | Katherine Applegate

“Look,” Crenshaw said as he extracted his claws from my quilt, “I can‘t go until I help you. I don‘t make the rules”

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kayleaallison
Crenshaw | Katherine Applegate

Crenshaw is an interesting story that students will relate to and enjoy. Many students have similar problems in their lives.

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kayleaallison
Crenshaw | Katherine Applegate
Pickpick

Crenshaw is a story about a family who are going through a hard time. There is no money for food or rent and they may have to live in their van. Jackson has an imaginary cat named Crenshaw who helps him through the rough times.

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erinjohns
Crenshaw | Katherine Applegate
Mehso-so

Be thankful for what you have.

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MelissaSue81
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I‘ve not read this, but the pic on the cover reminds me of my big 18 lb boy.

CouronneDhiver It‘s a cute book. 10mo
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a.bookish.byrd
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Pickpick

All the feels!

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lauralovesbooks1
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What a heartwarming story for young readers! Jackson's family is going through hard times -- bills aren't getting paid, food is in short supply, and they may get evicted from their apartment. His imaginary friend, Crenshaw -- a very tall, talking cat -' shows back up in his life to help him navigate a situation that is out of his control. Highly recommend.

TheBookKeepers I really liked her novel, The One & Only Ivan! Going to have to find this one next! 14mo
lauralovesbooks1 @TheBookKeepers I loved that one too! 14mo
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wanderinglynn
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After seeing the Harvey quote at the beginning of Crenshaw, I had to watch it!

#classicmovie #beatingtheheat #iwantapookafriend

rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ Harvey! 🐰 1y
LisaJo Way way way back in the day. Like the mid-80s. My sister was a huge Jimmy Stewart fan. Well, she still is. And the city of Carmel California was having a film Festival honoring Jimmy Stewart. So we attended and got to sit in the audience and watch this movie with Jimmy Stewart. We didn‘t get to interact with him a lot, but we were there in the same theater with him. So Harvey always hold a special place in my heart. 1y
tracey38 This is one of my mom's favorite movies. Love Jimmy Stewart. 1y
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wanderinglynn
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings on this one. Love the Harvey quote at the beginning- Harvey is one of my favorite plays/movies.

But Jackson about made me weep and not for the reasons you want to cry. (See his quote about stories above).

If you have kids, I would recommend reading it first to see if your child can handle the harsh life realities that backdrop this story.

Read my full review on GR:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2440802800

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SeanEasley
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What a beautiful little book full of imagination. Katherine Applegate just GETS childhood.

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GondorGirl
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🐈🐈🐈

Purrfectpages Love this! 2y
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GondorGirl
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🐱🐱🐱

Addison_Reads This book broke my heart, but in a good way. It's a great one to read with kids. 2y
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wanderinglynn
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#AprilBookishMadness | April 5: book 🌈

I organize my books by genre, so I had to pull from several shelves to get a 🌈!

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mhillis
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I love readathons! Probably won‘t make it to 25 but it will be fun to make some progress on my current reads! Crenshaw is this month‘s middle grade pick for #diversebooksclub and I need to start #theodysseybuddyread 📚
#25infive

Ashley_Nicoletto Hooray! I'm so happy you're joining the fun! I also have this copy of The Odyssey. Can't wait to see what you think! 2y
mhillis I‘ve never read it before so it will be interesting! @Ashley_Nicoletto (edited) 2y
LectricSheep I read Crenshaw this week for the #DBC! It‘s a perfect readathon book. 👌🏻 2y
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heikemarie My kids loved Crenshaw! It was particularly great for a few kids in upper middle who are way below reading level. It was still high interest to them. 2y
Andrew65 Welcome aboard, the taking part is more important than getting to 25 hours. 😊 I loved 2y
mhillis @LectricSheep @heikemarie I just finished Crenshaw last night! It was interesting for me too! 2y
mhillis @Andrew65 Thanks!! 2y
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BookaholicNatty
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Hold #1 that came in from the Library today!! Technically this is considered a YA fantasy book. This author is a Newberry Medal Award. Anyone already read this one?

Rcoco Read this with my kiddos 2y
LibrarianRyan Yep. I would say more MG than YA. 2y
Abby2 Loved it! 2y
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BookaholicNatty That‘s what I thought too @LibrarianRyan 2y
tonyahoswalt I would also say middle grade. Haven't read it, but ordered it for the library when it came out. 2y
Bookdragon69 I read it and liked it. 2y
CouronneDhiver I have! I don‘t normally care for YA or fantasy but I really enjoyed it 2y
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imabusybee
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Sharted this today. 😭

Eyelit 😂 2y
CouronneDhiver This is a sweet little book ... read it last year. 2y
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Sproutygamer
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5 stars
This is one of my favorite midgrade books ever. It is about a family going through major financial struggles. The little boy's way of coping with the stress is seeing a 6 foot tall purple cat. It reminded me of Harvey when I saw the cover. This is so good and I had a good cry. It also has a realistic ending not a, everything is fixed ending which I liked. This is a must read for everyone.

WiseGirl13 So good 2y
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melissaallam
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I loved this story! A quick and easy read. I couldn‘t help but fall in love with Jackson and his family. A great book for children who may carry the burden of financial struggles at home. It‘s nice that such a story exists for children facing these issues to relate to.

DrSpalding Now you need to read Wishtree by Applegate!❤️📚 2y
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AJones
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This amazing story is about friendship between a young boy and his imaginary friend. Jackson‘s family is going through a difficult time and Crenshaw appears from thin air to help him out. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Especially on page 111, it made him and I laugh hysterically. “Then I told the policeman how Mr. Vandermeer was teaching his rats to play basketball with a teeny ball for a science experiment.”🐀 +🏀 =🤣

DrSpalding You are continuing to make me proud!❤️📚 2y
AJones @DrSpalding Thank you! 😊 2y
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JocelynNolton
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Crenshaw is a New York Times Bestseller MF book written by Katherine
Applegate and it would be best used as a PR. It is about a boy named
Jackson whose family has fallen on hard times… again. They‘ve been
homeless before and during that time his imaginary friend, Crenshaw,
who is a talking cat shows up but goes away once everything went back
to normal. Now that his family is struggling again, he needs Crenshaw
to help him get through it.

JocelynNolton This book talks about homelessness &
financial hardships that families go through but it also has a silver
lining in there as well. This is a link that has a couple of teaching
ideas that you could do using this book,
http://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2015/10/crenshaw/ The UDL
principle 9.2- facilitate personal coping skills and strategies along
with EL 2- promote cooperation (small groups) could be achieved with
this book. #ucflae3414f17
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AJones My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this book written by Katherine Applegate. Page 111 made him and I laugh hysterically. It states, “Then I told the policeman how Mr. Vandermeer was teaching his rats to play basketball with a teeny ball for a science experiment.” 🐀 +🏀 =🤣 Interesting link. I like the duet reading exercise for elementary students. Thanks for sharing. 2y
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CleverGirl
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Preparing for family book club with my daughter ❤️

Reviewsbylola Fun! I want to do buddy reads with my kids when they‘re older! 2y
CleverGirl @Reviewsbylola my daughter's school does a family book club every quarter. Their school librarian is wonderful. I'd like to have a parent/kid book club that meets more often, especially now that my daughter is old enough for us to sometimes enjoy similar books. 2y
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toofondofbooks
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Currently reading with my kids. pretty cute. Not as good as The One And Only Ivan by same author though. #currentlyreading #middlegradefiction #novemberreads

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ElishaLovesBooks
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A very happy 9th birthday 🎉🎂to my Mina! She squealed when she saw this book- “They have this at the library. I‘ve been wanting to read it!” ❤️❤️ #raisingareader

Tamra Us too! How adorable! 😍 2y
Tamra Happy Birthday! 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Tamra thank you!😊 2y
LeahBergen Aww! Happy Birthday to her! ❤️ 2y
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readinginthedark
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This is really good! An honest and sometimes heartbreaking middle grade novel on being homeless and hungry. Jackson has to deal with a lot, not the least of which being his parents' desire to keep conversations light rather than just being honest about their situation. I have never been homeless and can't attest to the accuracy of how he's feeling or what he's experiencing, but it all sounded likely to me. (Ctnd in comments)

readinginthedark Crenshaw, Jackson's imaginary friend, was not at all what I expected, but I really appreciated how that all played out. The audiobook version is well-narrated, as well. My only advice would be to wait until your child is old enough to read this on their own to discuss it with them....It gave me a chance to discuss homelessness with my five-year-old, but he has had a few bad dreams about becoming homeless since we listened to the book. 😕 2y
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LibrarianJen
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Why yes, I would love to read to them!

I‘ve started substitute teaching (I did it in undergrad too and loved it) while I work on getting the necessary credentials to be a school librarian. I love it when teachers leave me books to read.

NHLibrarian We just started reading this to the 2nd grade classes that visit us! 2y
LibrarianJen @NHLibrarian It was 3rd grade that I was filling in for. Super cute book! 2y
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LauraKath
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Mehso-so

Finished this one during a work break. A nice story about a boy who is mature enough to understand the difficulties of being and adult, but that at the same time relies on his imaginary friend for support through tough times. I feel like Crenshaw (the 🐱) could have been more developed.

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LaughingLibrarian
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"'Here‘s the thing, Jackson. Life is messy. It‘s complicated. It would be nice if life were always like this.' He drew an imaginary line that kept going up and up. 'But life is actually a lot more like this.' He made a jiggly line that went up and down like a mountain range. 'You just have to keep trying.'" - Katherine Applegate, Crenshaw.

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Joy4Lit
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Such an amazing read. Absolutely loved this middle grade story. Of course, well-written and covers important topics like homelessness, hunger, and loneliness, but with perfect words that all can read and love. And relate to. Sweet story. Real story. Highly recommend. #crenshaw

CouronneDhiver I liked this one too, so cute! 2y
Joy4Lit @CouronneDhiver Yes! Oh my gosh. Such great writing. The story will stick with me. ☺️ 2y
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aquanin
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It's a sad book. Crenshaw the tubby cat only appeared when Jackson was down because of his family financial's problems.
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#crenshaw #katherineapplegate

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erik_fazi
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A beautiful book about imaginary friends, family, friendship and the inportance of fantasy. Although I believe this book is for parents--so they understand that choldren see and feel everything that's happening around--and they also need to know, understand and talk about what's happening to the family. Highly reccomended!!!

aquanin I love this mid grade book! It's sadly beautiful and beautifully sad :"( 2y
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saresmoore
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Here is Lucy, our resident expert #MiddleReader with just a few of the books that she has read and loved recently.

#ReadingWomenMonth

thereadingwomen This is precious. 😍 2y
MicheleinPhilly OMG! My heart just fluttered! ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen 💕💕💕💕 2y
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ValerieAndBooks Aww! 😍 ! is the poultry farming book fiction?! 2y
valeriegeary Too cute! 2y
TrishB Lovely pic ❤ 2y
saresmoore @ValerieAndBooks It is fiction, but it teaches all about chicken breeds & care! It's a lot of fun. 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess Lovely! 💕👍🏻😍📚 2y
Cortg She makes my heart melt! 2y
Suet624 Gah!!! Too cute!!! 2y
britt_brooke 😍😍😍 2y
Moray_Reads Have you ever heard of this one? It was one of my favorites when I was about this age 2y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads I hadn't heard of that one, but I imagine she would love it! Thank you! 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore every time you post a picture of your girls it makes me think of the books I loved as a child, I keep remembering ones I'd forgotten! 2y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads That just made my day! 2y
Smangela I adore this so much! 2y
batsy 💕 I love how she always looks at home in a book. 2y
readinginthedark ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Jinjer Love her!!!! 2y
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ReaderbirdAR
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Read with my son...such a good book with talking points for parents and kids.

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Aseleener
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Mehso-so

I read this aloud to my 6 and 9 yr old daughters. Hard to decide between so-so and pick. We enjoyed it, although it is a bit depressing most of the time. I almost got a little teary near the end. Felt so bad for all Jackson had to go through. I could have used a little more humor to balance out the sad. But it was a good lesson for my girls to be grateful for what they have. ⭐⭐⭐ C for #LitsyAtoZ #kiddielit

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Ellsbeth
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At a little over 3 hours, Crenshaw is a pretty quick, but good audio book. It thoughtfully addresses some issues that are tough for young children. This story is worthwhile for any age. #audiobook

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CogsOfEncouragement
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Recommended by and borrowed from a friend. My 10 year old and I enjoyed reading this sweet story together at bedtime. My boy gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I agree. #booknerdbliss #hereforthebooks #BedtimeBookClub

Aseleener I think I am on a waiting list at the library for this one. 3y
CogsOfEncouragement @Aseleener Nice. 🙂 Enjoy! 📚❤ 3y
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Bookdragon69
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Cute kids story about kids just wanting to know the truth. I didn't understand the parents not wanting to take handouts. I would take a handout from a homeless person to make sure my kids have what they need.

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CouronneDhiver
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I was immediately captivated by this novel, and remained fully engaged with the primary character all the way through. The storytelling was beautiful - whilst Jackson's experiences were bleak, his perspective was fresh and innocent. I would especially recommend for young adult audiences.

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

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MissBiancaB
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Mehso-so

Very sweet but not in the same league as The One and Only Ivan. 3 stars.

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katcanwrite
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Do YOU want to cry in public? Look no further! This story about a boy who loves facts and his experiences with his imaginary friend will hit you in the feels in no time ✨😭🙌

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NovelPairing
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I haven't read it quite yet but it sounds really cute.

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