Thursday, May 30, 2013
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh
Rachel, or Ratchet as her dad calls her, is homeschooled and this journal is a big part of her language arts requirement. The journal uses many different writing techniques - essays, poems, regular journal entries, etc - to tell about her life. Ratchet lives along with her dad who fixes up old houses and cars. They move often which is why Ratchet is homeschooled. At the beginning of the book she wishes to find out more about her mom because she feels she is missing out on a lot by not having a mom to train her how to be a girl. She also wants a friend. Throughout the book Ratchet does learn about her mom and it wasn't what she had expected, she does make a friend, and she helps save a town park in the process and learns to appreciate how much her dad loves her. I enjoyed this book. The journal style made it a quick read even though it was over 300 pages long.