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Always, Abigail Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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""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."" - School Library Journal
"This kind of dilemma is very pertinent for middle school girls...[Cavanaugh] handles it with tact and sensitivity, taking her heroine on a psychological journey from superficial to thoughtful." - Kirkus
"Cavanaugh creates a layered and interesting character in Gabby, the resilient girl everyone loves to pick on. And Abigail has depths she herself hasn't considered... Just the right amount of lightness and pathos will hook readers looking for something (a) engaging and (b) just a little bit different." - Booklist
""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
""Brimming with honesty and heart." -- Caroline Starr Rose, award-winning author of MAY B.
"The story is never preachy. Readers who empathize with Abigail's desire to do the right thing while holding onto her privileged status can see for themselves the consequences of failing. For kids on the cusp of young adulthood and ready to advance as quickly as possible, Always, Abigail makes a compelling case for being kind and enjoying a little more of childhood while it lasts." - BookPage
"Lists organize the story in a unique way. It is like reading a journal without becoming strict narrative, keeping us out of the "telling instead of showing" trap... Abigail has a distinct voice and very real problems. The book explores the difference between what we think will make us happy and what actually pleases us." - The One and Only Marfalfa
"Always, Abigail with its eye-catching cover and true to life story is a book that kept me and the kids entertained at reading time each night. With witty text and a realistic storyline, it was great to share this book with my children." - Little Ones Read
"A little gem... Cavanaugh works through Abigail's feelings of being left out, making friends with someone labeled a loser, and the guilt of not wanting her new friendship known, with grace and reality... The transition to middle school is tough for most and Cavanaugh conveys that journey with candor, hope and humor." - At the Library with Paula
"For those currently in the thick of it, Always, Abigail is the perfect book. Abigail's voice is so perfectly honest and real. She comes across as genuine, vulnerable, and sympathetic" - Random Musings of a Bibliophile
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 www.nancyjcavanaugh.com
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Do they all come from disfunctional families with parents who are dead or mentally and emotionally gone?" That 's how it seemed to be for most of the books I was reading.
I bought this book for my granddaughter and, as I usually do, read it before giving it to her. What a wonderful surprise! Abigail has two living, supportive parents in her life as she struggles with issues of friendship and bullying. The book is written in a unique style - lists and letters tell the story - and is a very honest and interesting narrative of what thoughts can be in the mind of a sixth grade girl who wants to do the right thing and truly be a friend but also knows what that will cost her in popularity.