"When I think about that time, what I remember most of all is Crenshaw, riding on top of our minivan. I'd stare out the window at the world blurring past, and 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 was possible."
When children read this book, I am sure they will find themselves as worried as I was for Jackson, his little sister Robin, their dog Aretha, and their hardworking though carefree "starving-artists" parents. Will they once again become homeless? Or will Crenshaw be real enough to help Jackson help his family out of their situation?
I would recommend this book as a read-to-self title for third-sixth graders, as the chapters are short, the language accessible, and the voice of the main character one younger middle-grades will relate to.