Nancy J. Cavanaugh

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General Information

Name: Nancy J. Cavanaugh

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction







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

  • This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2013
  • Always, Abigail, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016
  • Just Like Me, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2017
  • Elsie Mae Has Something to Say, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2017

Titles at Your Library

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

ISBN: 1402281064
Release Date: 2013-04-02

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Always, Abigail

ISBN: 149263557X
Release Date: 2016-04-05

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Elsie Mae Has Something to Say

ISBN: 1492640220
Release Date: 2017-09-05

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Literary 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

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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

External Links

Nancy J. Cavanaugh on WorldCat


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