Elsie Mae Has Something to Say (Hardcover)

Elsie Mae Has Something to Say By Nancy J. Cavanaugh Cover Image


Elsie Mae Has Something to Say is the perfect book for middle school girls and summer reading book for kids.

From the award-winning author of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, comes a sweet and uplifting coming of age tale about friendship, sensitivity, and the importance of protecting our planet, making this the perfect growing up book for girls.

Elsie Mae is pretty sure this'll be the best summer ever.

She gets to explore the cool, quiet waters of the Okefenokee Swamp around her grandparents' house with her new dog, Huck, and she's written a letter to President Roosevelt that she's confident will save the swamp from a shipping company and make her a major hometown hero. Then, news reaches Elsie Mae of some hog bandits stealing from swamper families, and she sees another opportunity to make her family proud while waiting to hear back from the White House.

But when her cousin Henry James, who dreams of one day becoming a traveling preacher like his daddy, shows up and just about ruins her investigation with his "Hallelujahs," Elsie Mae will learn the hard way what it really means to be a hero.

About the Author

Nancy J. Cavanaugh is the award-winning author of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet and Always, Abigail, which was a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee. She has a bachelor of science in education and a master’s in curriculum and instruction. She was an elementary school teacher for more than fifteen years as well as a library media specialist. She lives in Chicago.

Praise For…

"Cavanagh’s sweet and engaging historical fiction style perfectly captures the special quality of life in the Okefenokee, from ‘gators to biscuits to good neighbors. Elsie Mae is a strong, complicated heroine, surrounded by complex characters. The novel also does a good job highlighting the complications of federal conservation for those who live in and use a wild place." — School Library Journal

"The period details, unusual setting, light dialect, well developed characters, and the affirming, gradual progression of Elsie Mae and Henry James’ friendship makes for an engrossing story. An author’s note offers more insight into the real story of FDR’s protection of the swamp." — Booklist

"Cavanaugh weaves an engaging story with characters you immediately fall in love with. The text offers a poignant window into the customs and lifestyle of the swampers who lived there in the 1930s. Written with humor and sensitivity and reflecting the vernacular of the time, this book would be a great intro to a lesson on the National Wildlife Refuge system, conservation, and preservation." — School Library Connection

"Our spunky protagonist takes the reader on countless high-energy adventures through the marsh and eventually learns that there are more important matters than heroism. Set in 1933, this piece of historical fiction gives a perspective of life on the Okefenokee, and the author’s note provides context for the real-life events like President Roosevelt’s Executive Order that lead to its National Wildlife Refuge status." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Gators, huckleberry pie, and sweet tea on the porch are all part of the swamper way of life. Elsie Mae is spunky, headstrong, and kind… Swamp magic." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492640226
ISBN-10: 1492640220
Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English