THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO RATCHET
Eleven-year-old Ratchet determines to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal. She tells her story through the assignments in her homeschool language arts journal.
In a starred review, Kirkus hails,
"A book that is full of surprises . . . Triumphant enough to make readers cheer; touching enough to make them cry."
Awards for THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO RATCHET
- 2014 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts (NCTE)
- Maine Student Book Award 2014/15 (nominee)
- Maryland’s Black Eyed Susan Award 2014/15 (nominee)
- South Carolina Children’s Book Award 2014/15 (nominee)
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Abigail dreams of being a pom-pom girl, but when sixth grade doesn't turn out the way she planned, she finds herself having to choose between the little bit of popularity she has left or risking it all to be a true friend.
School Library Journal says,
"Written in short lists, letters, notes, and journal entries, the novel's mixed media format will appeal to reluctant readers, and Abigail's voice rings true . . . The story is honest without being preachy, and many middle school readers will relate to Abigail's struggle to balance social pressures with her own moral compass."
"Cavanaugh creates a layered and interesting character in Gabby. Just the right amount of lightness and pathos will hook readers looking for something (a) engaging and (b) just a little bit different."
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So why did I keep plodding along for so many years?
My Writing Friends
In Charlotte's Web, Charlotte says, "It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer." My experience has been the opposite. Through the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, I've met so many talented writers who have become wonderful life-long friends. My writer friends and I encourage each other, help one another to become better writers, and celebrate together whatever successes come our way.
My Writing AdventuresIn order to write about things, writers often have to experience them firsthand and that means adventures are part of the job!
- To research an article on bloodhounds, I interviewed a K-9 police officer and met his bloodhound.
- While writing about the Okefenokee Swamp, I canoed to Billy’s Island in Georgia, saw tons of wild alligators, and met a real live swamper.
- Before I wrote curriculum for a class about small engines, I learned how to take apart a small engine and put it back together again.
My Love of WritingThe biggest reason I never gave up on my dream is because I love to write. I love each part of the process:
- The excitement I feel when I get a new idea for a story.
- The thrill of furiously writing a rough draft, trying hard to get it all down before the good stuff evaporates away.
- The satisfaction of seeing my book get better and better as I revise draft after draft after draft.
- The anticipation of sending out a manuscript hoping an editor will love my characters and story as much as I do.