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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nancy J. Cavanaugh  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

This journal belongs to Ratchet /
ISBN: 1402281064. OCLC Number:

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Homeschooled by her mechanic-environmentalist father, eleven-year-old Rachel "Ratchet" Vance records her efforts to make friends, save a park, remember her mother, and find her own definition of "normal."

Always, Abigail /
ISBN: 149263557X. OCLC Number:

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Abigail, assigned a different homeroom than her two best friends and made only the alternate on the pom-pom squad, learns about popularity and friendship when paired with unpopular Gabby for a year-long "Friendly Letter Assignment."

Just like me /
ISBN: 1492635952. OCLC Number:

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Three very different girls, adopted as babies from the same Chinese orphanage, spend a week at a summer camp, where the adoption agency coordinator wants them to journal their "bonding" experience.

Elsie Mae has something to say /
ISBN: 1492640220. OCLC Number:

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With a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt and unexpected help from her Hallelujah-spouting cousin, Henry James, Elsie Mae tries to prevent a company from building a canal through the Okefenokee Swamp.


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

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

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