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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nancy J. Cavanaugh  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born:


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Illinois Connection

Cavanaugh grew up in Chicago. She earned her Master's at the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nancy Cavanaugh has been writing for almost twenty five years. Her work has appeared in many publications, including: ELIC Communique, The Student Literature Portfolio, The Timothy Reflector, Christian Education Counselor, Christian Home & School, InnerVisions, Successful Young Adults News, Seek, ParentLife, Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul, Purpose, Standard, Skirt Magazine, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative Newsletter, JD Drama (online publication), Pentecostal Evangel and Short Short Stories for Reading Aloud.She graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Northwestern College in Minnesota and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Illinois. An elementary and middle school teacher for more than 15 years, Cavanaugh now resides in Florida and currently works as a Library Media Specialist at an elementary school.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet
ISBN: 1402281064

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 2013

Move over Diary of a Wimpy Kid―there's a new journal in town and it belongs to Ratchet.

"A book that is full of surprises...Triumphant enough to make readers cheer

touching enough to make them cry." ―Kirkus, STARRED Review

If only getting a new life were as easy as getting a new notebook.
But it's not.

It's the first day of school for all the kids in the neighborhood. But not for me. I'm homeschooled. That means nothing new. No new book bag, no new clothes, and no new friends.

The best I've got is this notebook. I'm supposed to use it for my writing assignments, but my dad never checks. Here's what I'm really going to use it for:

Ratchet's Top Secret Plan
Turn my old, recycled, freakish, friendless life into something shiny and new.

This Florida State Book Award gold medal winner is a heartfelt story about an unconventional girl's quest to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal.

Always, Abigail
ISBN: 149263557X

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 2016

From the award-winning author of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, a hilarious and heartwarming story told exclusively through lists and letters.

Sixth Grade To Do List:
1. Make the Pom Pom Squad!
2. Be best friends forever with Alli and Cami
3. Don't panic when #1 and #2 look like they're totally not going to happen

Abigail and her two best friends are poised for a life of pom-poms and popularity. But not only does Abigail end up in a different homeroom, she doesn't make the squad. Then everyone's least favorite teacher pairs Abigail up with the school's biggest outcast for a year-long Friendly Letter Assignment. Abigail can hardly believe her bad luck! As her so-called best friends and dreams of pom pom fame start to slip away, Abigail has to choose between the little bit of popularity she has left or letting it go to be a true friend.

"Brimming with honesty and heart." -Caroline Starr Rose, award-winning author of May B

"Cavanaugh builds the relationship between Gabby and Abigail with a tender and knowing touch, allowing funny moments to rest alongside cringe-worthy ones." -Publishers Weekly

A Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee

Just Like Me
ISBN: 1492635952

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 2017

In the tradition of Every Soul a Star and Inside Out & Back Again, Just Like Me is a funny, uplifting summer camp story about unlikely friendships and finding your place in the world from the award-winning author of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet.

Who eats Cheetos with chopsticks?! Avery and Becca, my "Chinese Sisters," that's who. We're not really sisters―we were just adopted from the same orphanage. And we're nothing alike. They like egg rolls, and I like pizza. They're wave around Chinese fans, and I pretend like I don't know them.

Which is not easy since we're all going to summer camp to "bond." (Thanks, Mom.) To make everything worse, we have to journal about our time at camp so the adoption agency can do some kind of "where are they now" newsletter. I'll tell you where I am: At Camp Little Big Lake in a cabin with five other girls who aren't getting along, competing for a camp trophy and losing (badly), wondering how I got here...and where I belong.

Told through a mix of traditional narrative and journal entries, don't miss this funny, surprisingly sweet summer read!

"A tender and honest story about a girl trying to find her place in the world, and the thread that connects us all." ―Liesl Shurtliff, Author of Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

"A heartwarming story about the universal struggle of yearning to be an individual while longing to fit in."―Karen Harrington, author of Sure Kinds of Crazy

Elsie Mae Has Something to Say
ISBN: 1492640220

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 2017

Elsie Mae is pretty sure this'll be the best summer ever.

She gets to explore the cool, quiet waters of the Okefenokee Swamp around her grandparents' house with her new dog, Huck, and she's written a letter to President Roosevelt that she's confident will save the swamp from a shipping company and make her a major hometown hero. Then, news reaches Elsie Mae of some hog bandits stealing from swamper families, and she sees another opportunity to make her family proud while waiting to hear back from the White House.

But when her cousin Henry James, who dreams of one day becoming a traveling preacher like his daddy, shows up and just about ruins her investigation with his "Hallelujahs," Elsie Mae will learn the hard way what it really means to be a hero.


Awards

'''''This Journal Belongs to Ratchet'''''

Starred Review, Kirkus

Gold Medal Winner, Florida State Book Awards, 2013

Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts (NCTE), 2014

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Cavanaugh will make school visits as well as conference and teacher presentations.