10 Minute Review: This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

I am in love with the book This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh for many reasons: the nifty cover, the cool format, the connection I made to Ratchet (I could go on and on). Bottom line: I cannot imagine a middle grade classroom or library where this book wouldn’t be popular.

I read This Journal Belongs to Ratchet on the plane to IRA. Sitting next to an elderly man with a cowboy hat, I cried, and cried, and cried my way through Ms. Cavanaugh’s book. In some ways I was Ratchet as a kid. No, my mom didn’t die, and I wasn’t home-schooled,  but my father was a lot like Ratchet’s father. You see, my dad was different. He didn’t go to work each day in a fancy suit, he didn’t drive an SUV, and he surely didn’t feel the need to be politically correct. My dad spend most weekdays of my childhood driving across the country as a truck driver. He drove an old beat up motorcycle, and he was always looking to start a good debate.

Reading about Ratchet’s dad took me back to my childhood. Unlike Ratchet, I never worried about my dad being different from the other dads. I worshiped him, I still do.

I think that what I was routing for throughout the whole book was for Ratchet to see in her father what I see in mine.

I’m thinking that there might be a few middle grade readers in your life that need to see that their parents might be a little more awesome than they give them credit for.

Yikes! My 10 minutes is up…


3 thoughts on “10 Minute Review: This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

  1. Agreed! I just read this book to see if it would be good to put on a 6th grade list (I am a YS Librarian in a public library.). LOVED IT!!! Read it in pretty much one sitting, I couldn’t put it down. 🙂


  2. Wow! I had to go back far to find your original post!
    I marked this book as a Summer Read, and have finally gotten the chance to take it in.
    I too am in love with Ratchet.
    I am trying to read it slow and savor each page. Oh how hard it is.
    Thanks for sharing a special title.
    I’ve trying to determin who I need to make read it next.


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