Food drive brings new novel to life

Written Words Bookstore is hosting two events linked to Crenshaw, a new middle-grade novel by Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate.

Crenshaw tells the story of Jackson and his family, who have fallen on hard times. There’s no money for rent, and not much for food. 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?

A food drive linked to Crenshaw will be held throughout October at more than 100 bookstores across the country, including Written Words. For every bookstore that signs up to participate, Macmillan will donate $100 (up to $7,500) to No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger. In addition, Macmillan will host a food drive at its trade offices at the Flatiron Building in New York, NY with all donations going to City Harvest.

In Shelton, Written Words Bookstore has teamed with Sunnyside, Elizabeth Shelton, Long Hill, Mohegan and Perry Hill schools to collect non-perishable food items to benefit St. Vincent de Paul’s food pantry. Collection boxes will be set up at the abovementioned locations for the entire month.
Applegate is the author of the bestselling Animorphs series, and the novels Home of the Brave and The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. She lives with her husband, author Michael Grant, and their two children in Northern California.