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As a child I read almost everything.  In fact, before I could read, I would open a book, because I knew this was where stories came from, and make up a story out loud.  The most magical place was the library where I could ride my bike in my small hometown of Geneva, Illinois.  I was held captive by stories such as The Borrowers, about little people who lived under the floorboards, The Black Stallion series, and of course Nancy Drew.  My father read Bambi to me before I saw the Disney movie, which is how I fell in love with animal stories.  I also read history for young people—and you guessed it, books about dinosaurs.

Now I’m giving something back with The Caveman in the Backyard.  Who doesn’t want to see one?  Every night when I was in middle school, I walked across the backyard to feed my rabbits, Black Magic and Peter, and I would peer into the darkness to see if one might be there.  Well, here he is—really a Clovis boy, ancestor of our Native Americans.  He’s waiting for you to join him on his quest with young Kevin Sinclair to find a spear point missing for 13,000 years.

The story takes place in Southern Arizona where I live with my husband and dog.  The children are grown, but I have grandchildren in Texas and this story is dedicated to them.

You never know what is waiting in your own backyard (he’s here for middle school readers!), who you might meet after you fall off a ladder (a novella for grownups coming later this year), or what happens when you tumble into a bear den in Yellowstone (a series for adults who have an imagination that will be out in 2022/23). 

Happy reading!

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Have you ever seen a mammoth?

On a trip back in time middle schooler Kevin Sinclair does!  Accompanied by his little sister and their teenage babysitter, Kevin travels from the present day to the Ice Age and back again to help his new friend, a First American, find a spear point missing for 13,000 years.  Along the way the children dodge Paleolithic predators, experience a mammoth hunt, and outwit a mean tribal chieftain to discover that friendship, courage, and honor really don’t change over time.

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Payson Book Festival

July 15 2023

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Ballroom

Payson, AZ



Available locally


6208 E Speedway Blvd.

Tucson, AZ  85712

(520) 571-0110


88 S. 1st Street

Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

(520) 843-0101

White Mountain Books

1150 East Deuce of Clubs Road, Ste. H

(enter from the back of the building)

Show Low, AZ  85901

(928) 532-5533

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2 Main Street #1601

Bisbee, AZ  85603

(520) 353-4009

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