A tale of sparkly treasures, mangled words, peculiar meetings, and a packrat who discovers the meaning of family and home.
Everything is perfect in Flora’s packrat life, although there’s something awful about the dreaded cliff. “Beware!” packrats warn, and Flora’s stomach twists into knots. But when she learns about the ancestral packrat home stuffed in the cliff’s crack and the killer who has taken it over, everything changes. Including Flora’s perfect life.
“This is a delightful story for young readers interested in animals and nature. . . .a feast for developing vocabularies, as Flora—who talked early—loves words and puns. The resulting text is linguistically rich and frequently humorous. Spot art at the beginnings of chapters helps readers visualize the animals and setting, enhancing the mood of the story. An entertaining animal adventure.” Kirkus Reviews
From My Blog
Originally posted on Uma Krishnaswami:
From my friend of many years and one-time park ranger at Aztec Ruins National Monument, Terry Nichols, here’s a delightful middle grade that Kirkus called “linguistically rich and frequently humorous.” From Kinkajou Press, The Dreaded Cliff. It’s the story of a packrat, Flora, and her journey through a magical landscape…
Everyone can relate to family, home, friends, and wanting to be part of something bigger. And losing your way and finding that wise inner voice that guides you.
“I’d like to imagine a buzzer traveling the top of a guy’s head, creating a nice clean flat place where someone could serve tea.”