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After a series of uninspiring books, Crenshaw was a breath of fresh air. Jackson's family used to be like all of the other families in his neighborhood, until his father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and his mother was laid off. Suddenly, they've lost everything, and ten year old Jackson is hungry, scared, and living in the family van, working so hard to be strong that he's losing himself. Enter Crenshaw, the imaginary friend from his childhood that pushes him to be honest with the most important people in his life. Crenshaw provides an incredible opportunity for kids to understand that life can change in an instant, and that not all struggling people look the same. Empathy pours from the pages. I loved this one so much I'm currently using it as a read aloud with my 5th graders, and I can't wait to see the discussions it inspires. #amazing #empathy #bookreview #childrensliterature #read #empathy #librarian #ireadya #weneeddiversebooks