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The Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 1: Fairy Tale Trouble by Ben Bocquelet
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene
Demon Book 1 by Jason Shiga
The Dragon That Lived Under Manhattan by E.W. Hildick
The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris
Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe
Ghostbusters International by Erik Burnham
Graveyard Slot by Michelle Schusterman
Hip Hop Family Tree Book 4: 1984-1985 by Ed Piskor
How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora
Imagine a World by Rob Gonsalves
It's a Tiger by David La Rochelle
Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
The Lost Compass by Joel N. Ross
The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long
The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell
Pouncing on Murder by Laurie Cass
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The Soprano's Last Song by Irene Adler
Stealing the Game by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Crenshaw: 11/06/16

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate is bigger than what a single introductory sentence can describe. Jackson and his family are facing homelessness again. He can remember the last time they were but his sister doesn't.

Children in need — no, people in need — resort to their imagination. Imagination to find a happier place, imagination to think of a way out, imagination for fantasy. Sometimes it's an imaginary friend to talk to, to see guidance from. Now, what if that imaginary friend was real.

Crenshaw is Jackson's imaginary friend. He's a six foot tall, talking cat. He's not there to actually rescue Jackson from his problems. He's there to help him cope.

Crenshaw is what I'd call a pooka. He's a feline manifestation just as Harvey is a lagomorph manifestation. He's also a kinder and more gentle pooka, rather than being a creature who enjoys tormenting alcoholics.

Five stars

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