Elsie Mae is ready to take a stand.
When you have six older siblings, it's pretty hard to stand out. But that's not going to stop Elsie Mae from trying. So when she finds out that her community's beloved Okefenokee Swamp is being threatened by a shipping company, Elsie Mae writes a letter to President Roosevelt. She's pretty confident it will save the swamp and make her a hometown hero. Then, Elsie Mae gets word of some hog bandits stealing from swamper families, and she sees an opportunity to make her family proud while waiting to hear back from the White House.
But when her cousin Henry James shows up and just about ruins her investigation, Elsie Mae will learn the hard way what it really means to be a hero.
Praise for Elsie Mae Has Something to Say:
"Swamp magic." Kirkus Reviews
"An engrossing story." Booklist
Also by Nancy J. Cavanaugh:
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet
Just Like Me
|Product dimensions:||6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
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Elsie Mae loves spending summers with her grandparents at the Okefenokee Swamp. She's a city girl from a large family and here she has complete freedom and she can be herself. Because hardly anyone notices Elsie Mae at home she wants to do something brave, she'd like to be a hero for once. When the swamp is in trouble, because someone wants to destroy it for financial gain she writes a letter to the president, hoping this will make a difference for both the swampers and herself. Is it enough for others to notice Elsie Mae though? Henry James has been left by his parents and Elsie Mae isn't happy she won't have her grandparents' undivided attention for the summer after all. He wants to be a preacher and keeps quoting the Bible. Elsie Mae is still looking for a moment of glory and when hog thieves are stealing people's livelihoods she wants to be the one to catch them. Together with Henry James she goes after the criminals. Will Elsie Mae become a hero like she planned and if she does, is being a hero what she wanted or is it tougher than she thought it would be? Elsie Mae Has Something to Say is a beautiful story. Elsie Mae is a strong, smart and brave girl. Together with Henry James she has many fantastic adventures. Most of them are pretty risky and I loved the tension Nancy J. Cavanaugh has put into her story. Elsie Mae and Henry James come to an understanding before getting to know each other well, I liked that approach of friendship a lot. They both enjoy good food and they love animals, but Henry James is a devout person and Elsie Mae is after being noticed. This is a fabulous combination that leads to many fantastic scenes and plenty of amazing dialogue. I really enjoyed their story and couldn't wait to find out if they'd catch the hog thieves and if the president actually read Elsie Mae's letter. Nancy J. Cavanaugh has a fantastic descriptive writing style. I was immediately captivated by the Okefenokee Swamp, she paints a gorgeous picture of it in a fantastic way. I liked how she effortlessly makes history come to life. It was fun to read about life in the swamp and I learned a lot from it. The swampers found a place in my heart straight away. The family aspect of Elsie Mae Has Something to Say is heartwarming. I enjoyed every single page of this incredible book and highly recommend it.