Age Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 3 to 7
From the award-winning author of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, a hilarious and heartwarming story about cheerleading, popularity, and middle school survival told exclusively through lists and letters.
Always Abigail is the perfect growing up book for girls, and with its illustrated format, this book is perfectly suited for reluctant readers kids aged 9-12 who love graphic novels.
Sixth Grade To Do List:Make the Pom Pom Squad!
•Be best friends forever with Alli and Cami
•Don't panic when #1 and #2 look like they're totally not going to happenAbigail and her two best friends are poised for a life of pom-poms and popularity. But not only does Abigail end up in a different homeroom, she doesn't make the squad. Then everyone's least favorite teacher pairs Abigail up with the school's biggest outcast for a year-long Friendly Letter Assignment. Abigail can hardly believe her bad luck! As her so-called best friends and dreams of pom pom fame start to slip away, Abigail has to choose between the little bit of popularity she has left or letting it go to be a true friend.
A Texas Bluebonnet Nominee
A South Carolina Book Awards Honoree
"Brimming with honesty and heart."—Caroline Starr Rose, award-winning author of MAY B.
"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 Eve
Great for parents and educators looking for:
•A story told in a unique format, perfect for readers that love graphic novels and reluctant readers
•A good conversation starter for girls who are having trouble adjusting to a new grade or school
•A realistic story about a girl who struggles to balance social pressures and her own moral compass
In a format akin to that of her debut, This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, Cavanaugh offers an accessible and insightful coming-of-age story told primarily through lists and letters, and embellished with doodles. Abigail and her best friends Alli and Cami are starting sixth grade with the goal of fulfilling a lifelong dream: becoming pom-pom girls. But Alli and Cami wind up in a different homeroom than Abigail, and while they both make the pom-pom squad, Abigail is named an alternate. Further compromising her social standing, Abigail is paired up with school pariah Gabby for a writing assignment. Seasoned readers may foresee Abigail's journey to choosing real friendship with Gabby over the lure of popularity, but the story holds a few unexpected turns, as well as a strong sense of the emotional, physical, psychological, and moral growth that often accompany the middle-school years. Cavanagh builds the relationship between Gabby and Abigail with a tender and knowing touch, allowing funny moments to rest alongside cringe-worthy ones. Ages 9 12.
This is the best book I’ve had it for about 2018 and so far it’s my favorite yet, there’s no long sentences, or it being boring in total!!
👍👍👍👍 I enjoyed the book. It's not really in a normal book format, though. What I mean by that is there isn't much to actually read, but it's interesting how it tells a story so well yet the sentences aren't long and they're usually just in word bubbles or in to do lists. I thought it was a good book😉 If you're going into middle school or are in middle school I think you'll like it!👍📖📖📖📖