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Cavanaugh grew up in Chicago and earned her Master's at the University of Illinois. After living in Florida for several years, she now resides in Chicago again.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nancy Cavanaugh has been writing for over 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. Cavanaugh was an elementary and middle school teacher for more than 15 years and worked as a Library Media Specialist at an elementary school.

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Titles At Your Library


-- """This Journal Belongs to Ratchet"""

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *Children's Core Collections winner

-- *Student Book Award title, Maine

-- *Gold Medalist, Florida State Book Awards, 2013

-- *Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

-- *Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts (NCTE), 2014

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017