Flora the packrat doesn’t understand why she’s supposed to avoid the cliff. An adventure leads her to the truth. Along the way surprises abound while encountering other animals: A kangaroo rat, porcupine. cottontail rabbit, great horned owl, and an intimidating gopher snake.

The third person narration stays close to Flora throughout the 37 chapters. Each begins with an excellent illustration of what lies ahead.

The story utilizes accurate details both in the desert setting and the depiction of animal life. I’m not the biggest fan of rats, but Flora’s heartfelt personality won me over. She cares deeply about others, even her enemies.

An excellent bonus awaits readers in the final pages where background information on each animal looks at their unique characteristics. You’ll discover many of the “whys” behind animal behavior.

THE DREADED CLIFF is a perfect addition to any animal lover’s library.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Terry Nichols is a world traveler who has published over 100 blogs about her experiences abroad. Her thirty-year career as a National Park Service ranger transplanted her from her childhood home in Cincinnati, Ohio to parks in the high desert and canyon country of the Southwest. As a former park ranger, she has written hundreds of trail guides, interpretive brochures, articles, professional papers, teacher guides, and exhibit materials to assist visitors to connect with the diverse human history and plant and animal life of the region. Inspired by a stowaway packrat who hitched a ride in her ’79 Volkswagen van on a camping trip, she wrote her debut middle grade novel, The Dreaded Cliff. Mother of two grown sons, Terry lives in Aztec, New Mexico, where she continues to write and talk to packrats and lizards every chance she gets.

(For more visit Terry’s author website)


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2 Responses to THE DREADED CLIFF

  1. Not a fan of rats either, but they do have their place in story books — although you don’t see them often. This sounds like a perfect read for animal lovers.

  2. I’m not usually a fan of books with animal characters, but you make this one sound pretty darned good. I’ll put this one on my list. Thanks for the heads up.

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