The Dreaded Cliff

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Kinkajou Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Terry Nichols served thirty years as a National Park Service ranger, protecting and interpreting parks located primarily in the southwestern United States. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, her ranger career sent her to this high desert and canyon country, where she grew to love the broad landscapes, plants, and creatures. She has camped and explored across the region in a '79 pop-up Volkswagen van with her two sons, now grown, and once carried along a stowaway packrat. Now living in a strawbale house she designed and built in Aztec, New Mexico, she talks to packrats and plants and bugs and the moon every chance she gets. She's also a world traveler, has a special fondness for visiting India, and enjoys blogging about her travels. Odessa Sawyer is an artist and illustrator living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


"Take a goddess of a packrat. Put her in a community of desert dwellers with hearts that range from faint to stout. Stir in a setting of high cliffs and desert sky, prickly pear and juniper, collective memory, and lashings of delicious danger. Terry Nichols raises big questions in a story that stirs, enchants, and amuses--sometimes all at once." --Uma Krishnaswami, Author of Book Uncle and Me, The Grand Plan to Fix Everything
"An entertaining animal adventure." --Kirkus Review