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The Dreaded Cliff
The Dreaded Cliff

The Dreaded Cliff

By Terry Nichols, Illustrated by Odessa Sawyer



260 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $12.95 (CA $16.95) (US $12.95)

Publication Date: March 2021

ISBN 9781951122126

Rights: WOR

Artemesia Publishing, LLC (Mar 2021)
Kinkajou Press


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Life turns unpredictable as Flora meets quirky critters, strange adventures, and deep mysteries as she discovers what's truly important in her life, and finds she's not such an ordinary packrat after all

A tale of sparkly treasures, mangled words, peculiar meetings, and a packrat who discovers the meaning of family and home. Flora enjoys a perfect packrat life. She adores snuggling in her treasure-packed nest and "snibbling" snacks with her packrat pal. There's only one problem—nearby looms the dreaded cliff. "Beware!" warn packrats, and Flora's stomach twists into knots. But things change when she learns about the ancestral packrat home stuffed in a dark crack in the cliff—where a killer has taken over. The story haunts Flora, even as she tumbles into a faraway canyon. Now she faces quirky critters, scary predators, and the daunting task of finding her way home. Flora's journey takes surprising twists as she explores her inner powers and discovers a different kind of perfect life.


"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

Author Biography

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.