A 2015-16 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee! "Brimming with honestly and heart."-Caroline Starr Rose, award-winning author of May B.
Sixth grade to-do list:
•Make the pom-pom squad!
•Get photo in the yearbook
•With Alli and Cami, become the three most popular girls at Crestdale Heights Middle School!
Abigail and her two best friends are poised for a life of pom-poms and popularity-until Abigail doesn't make the squad. And is assigned a different homeroom. And gets the school's biggest outcast as her Friendly Letter partner. Abigail can hardly believe her bad luck! Gabby is really nice, but she's so weird! It's not like Abigail can stop her classmates from making fun of Gabby...right?
"Told in the hyper-chatty, status-obsessed voice of your secretly sweet best friend, Always, Abigail is always adorable." -Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever
Praise for This Journal Belongs to Ratchet:
"A book that is full of surprises...Triumphant."-Kirkus, STARRED review
"Cavanaugh uses bold, often humorous first-person narration to capture the essence of an unconventional heroine."-Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Read an Excerpt
Three Reasons Making Pom-Poms Is More Important Than Anything Else
1. Alli and Cami, my two best friends, and I saw the Crestdale Heights pom-pom girls for the first time when we were in third grade. It was love at first sight! The sequined outfits, the hats, the pom-poms, and the music. We looked at each other after the first routine and knew why we'd all been born: to be POM-POM GIRLS.
Since then, we've made up exactly seventeen different routines. We've talked our moms into buying us five different matching outfits. And we've downloaded ninety-eight songs we can use for pom-pom routines.
All three of our families, especially our brothers (we each have one), wish we'd never seen those pom-pom girls. But the three of us know that was the day we found our DESTINY.
2. Everyone who's anyone is a pom-pom girl.
At Crestdale Heights Middle School, pom-pom girls are practically celebrities.
(Okay, Crestdale Heights isn't really a middle school; it's really Crestdale Heights K through 8. But the little K through 5 kids are NOT allowed in the middle school hallway, so it's sort of like a real middle school.)
On game days, pom-pom girls get to wear their uniforms to school. It's like Oscar night on the red carpet, and the pom-pom girls are wearing the best designer in town.
Boys notice pom-pom girls. (Even seventh- and eighth-grade boys.) And once they notice them, they talk to them, they hang out with them, and eventually...(Okay, I'm not really sure what comes next, but who cares?!)
Table of Contents
Always, Abigail Discussion Questions,
A Sneak Peek at Just Like Me,
A Sneak Peek at This Journal Belongs to Ratchet,
About the Author,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Synopsis- Abigail Walters was entering the sixth grade, and, along with her best friends Alli and Cami, can’t wait to become a Pompom Girl. Then everything goes wrong. Alli and Cami get the same homeroom, and have the same teachers. Abigail has the meanest homeroom teacher in the school. When that teacher assigns a project where you write letters to an assigned person in the class, Abigail gets paired with Gabby – an outcast-y, “weird”-type – and Abigail dreads it. But what if she actually starts to like Gabby? And starts to realize that her friends aren’t as nice as she thought they were? What I liked-This was a great book about choosing what you should do, over what you want to do. At first, I wasn’t sure about the writing style of the book, it started off as list after list after list, but then I figured out that the book was written like a notebook, and I found myself really liking it. Abigail tells her story though lists and small paragraphs (for example: 3 Reasons I Know I Was Born To Be A PomPom Girl, and What I Wanted To Say, But Didn’t). The style really grew on me. Abigail has always wanted to be one of those popular “PomPom Girls” (I am figuring that is a cheerleader), but first, she doesn’t get any classes with her two best friends, and then, in her Language Arts room, she gets partnered with the biggest “loser” in 6th grade and she pretty much thinks her life is over. I didn’t really like how Abigail blatantly calls Gabby (her partner), a “loser” in her notebook. I really disliked her at first, but I guess that is the point of the story. ;) Abigail goes through a natural, yet significant, character change. As a reader, I really enjoy that in a book. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I read this journal belongs to ratchet also by nacy and now I read this one and both get five stars.
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One of the best books i have ever read! It kind of teaches you not to bully. I recommend this book for all ages above 10 and 11. This is a must read!
I am reading it right now it is so good. She is so like me!!
I thought i would never read this book because it sounded like dork diary books and books like that . But this book really turn out very good and i liked how the book had lists in there that was very cool !!!!! You should read this book !!!