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September 25, 2017
All the sixth and seventh graders gathered in the common area to hear what Nancy Cavanaugh had to say about her newest book, Elsie Mae has something to say. This book is an historical fiction story that takes place in 1933 in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp. The students learned about Cavanaugh's inspiration for the book which was a television documentary about alligators in the swamp. She explained that not only did she research for the book, but she also needed some first hand experience. She visited the swamp many years ago and shared photos from this trip with the students. Long ago she wrote a story on bloodhounds for a magazine. It was the knowledge that she gained for this article that helped her with Huck the bloodhound that Elsie Mae is given in the book. It was Cavanaugh's description of her early career as an author that most astounded the students. She was a teacher and librarian and started writing on the side. She has 18 years of rejection letters before publishing her first book in 2011. Her perseverance made a huge impression on her audience along with her motto, slow and steady finishes the race. She fully understands that we can't all win, but we can all finish. We want to thank Octavia Books and Source Books for making this visit possible. You can read more about Cavanaugh on the librarian's blog.