This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

by Nancy Cavanaugh
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This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh

Move over Diary of a Wimpy Kid—there's a new journal in town and it belongs to Ratchet.

"A book that is full of surprises...Triumphant enough to make readers cheer; touching enough to make them cry." —Kirkus, STARRED Review

If only getting a new life were as easy as getting a new notebook.

But it's not.

It's the first day of school for all the kids in the neighborhood. But not for me. I'm homeschooled. That means nothing new. No new book bag, no new clothes, and no new friends.

The best I've got is this notebook. I'm supposed to use it for my writing assignments, but my dad never checks. Here's what I'm really going to use it for:

Ratchet's Top Secret Plan

Turn my old, recycled, freakish, friendless life into something shiny and new.

This Florida State Book Award gold medal winner is a heartfelt story about an unconventional girl's quest to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402281075
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 641,306
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nancy J. Cavanaugh has a BS in education and an MA in curriculum and instruction with multiple published works. She was a teacher for more than fifteen years and currently works as a Library Media Specialist at an elementary school. Nancy lives in Tarpon Springs, FL with her husband and daughter. Visit

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This Journal Belongs to Ratchet 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book people should really buy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! It was a heartwarming tale told through the eyes of a girl who wants just one thing--to fit in. We follow her struggles and triumphs through various experiences via her journal entries. Each 'chapter' was written in the form of a different style of writing under the guise of one of Ratchet's home-school writing assignments--poetry, prose, free writing, interviews, etc. It was effortless to connect to Ratchet, which is essential in any good book. Although I am no longer a middle-grade reader (I wish!), I found that I simply could not put this book down! It was funny, touching, heartfelt, and simply a great read. Nancy J. Cavanaugh really has hit the nail on the head with this one, and I can't wait to hear more from her!. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ratchet is a consistently interesting and endearing main character, and her journal, which includes poems and even a creative writing project, is great fun. A terrific book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sticky ewwy junky book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is awesome i have a secret i want to tell you that im almost like Rachet whose real name is Racheal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This jounral belongs to Ratchet is a good book.I love this book because it's full of happiness and friendship.The story made me feel hope.You guys should read this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's really awesome that it changes from the beinging to tje end because Rachet becomes more indepent so that she can do meore things and this 8 year old boy likes her so that's really cool that she can have a persin that lives close to her and so it helps because she has no sisters or brothers so it's nice to have and it's because he comes to her graudution that's really nice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must-read for all teen girls and boys.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ratchets real name is rachel, and haveing the nick name of a garage tool, you're not her definition of normal.