Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nancy J. Cavanaugh  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born:


-- Blog -- http://nancyjcavanaugh.com/blog/
-- Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-J-Cavanaugh/281062665333065
-- Twitter -- https://twitter.com/NancyJCavanaugh
-- Website -- http://www.nancyjcavanaugh.com/
-- Nancy J. Cavanaugh on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=nancy++j.++cavanaugh

E-Mail: -- NancyJCavanaugh@Yahoo.com


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.


Awards

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-- 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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Always, Abigail /
ISBN: 149263557X. OCLC Number: 918591254

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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."

Elsie Mae has something to say
ISBN: 9781492668183. OCLC Number: 1057335266

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Elsie Mae is pretty sure this'll be the best summer ever. She's sure that the letter she's written to President Roosevelt will save her beloved Okefenokee swamp and make her a major hometown hero. What's more, Elsie Mae gets wind of hog bandits stealing from swamper families, and she sees another opportunity to make her family proud. But when her cousin Henry James shows up and ruins her investigation, Elsie Mae will learn the hard way what it really means to be a hero.

Elsie Mae has something to say /
ISBN: 1492640220. OCLC Number: 991585107

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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.

Just like me
ISBN: 9781492635956. OCLC Number: 913610295

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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.

This journal belongs to Ratchet
ISBN: 9781492601098. OCLC Number: 859305231

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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.

This journal belongs to Ratchet /
ISBN: 1402281064. OCLC Number: 808216700

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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."