Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Jackson wants the facts. He is an aspiring scientist who appreciates the reality of facts and fact-finding. He has a hard time figuring out why an imaginary cat has come back. It first appeared when Jackson finished first grade. His father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and they became homeless. They lived out of their minivan. Now Jackson will be going to fifth grade. He is aware of his hunger and the fact that perhaps he will lose his school . He tries to be brave especially for his five-year-old sister. Eviction is eminent and homelessness is just around the corner again. The imaginary cat is seven feet tall now. The cat, Crenshaw, adds just enough wisdom and support without being too overbearing and "unreal".
This is Katherine Applegate's first novel since The One and Only Ivan. Please don't compare this book with her 2013 Newbery Award winner. This new one was just published in September. This author's new fiction does a most excellent job encouraging people of all ages to tell the truth - especially to themselves. Deal with life's ups and downs with resilience. Cherish and value all family and friends - real and imaginary.