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Beyond Boundaries · Essays and tidbits from Nancy Bo Flood

Meet the Monument Valley ‘mittens’

December 1, 2015

Between the borders of Arizona and Utah, two wind-carved sculptures look like giant, matching mittens. The pair provided inspiration for Sand to Stone and Back Again. In fact, these buttes…

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An author’s thankful Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015

I’m thankful to teachers, librarians, booksellers, fellow authors and (most of all) readers on this day we give thanks. May you feast on good books throughout this festive time. Enjoy…

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Esther Williams

Remembering Esther ‘Million Dollar Mermaid’ Williams

November 24, 2015

She made generations dream of being in the water. Esther Williams was ready to compete in the 1940 Olympics, only to see World War II cancel her dream. Hollywood helped…

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hand on ceiling

Cave paintings inspire in Sand to Stone and Back Again

November 19, 2015

In my canyons they built their homes, Painted pictures, carved messages, and left handprints. (from Sand to Stone and Back Again, page 6) Who were the cave painters. All men? Many…

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Lori Piestewa

The hero who inspired my newest novel

November 17, 2015

I’m excited to share the first news about my novel coming from Charlesbridge in the spring of 2016. Lori Piestewa, a member of the Hopi tribe, died while serving in…

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Pro Rodeo

A Hall of Fame for Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo riders?

November 12, 2015

Since the rodeo season wound down in September, young riders will have a winter to dream of 2016 competitions. Or, they could imagine themselves as future members of the Pro…

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Irving Berlin Stamp

No-Name Baby features big-name song

November 10, 2015

When is a song something more? Sometimes, music can unlock memories. Main character Sophie discovers Alexander’s Ragtime Band is a link to the past for Aunt Rae. Writer Irving Berlin…

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Rain’s surprise role in water pollution

November 5, 2015

When rain falls on concrete, asphalt, tilled fields or barren soil, it is immediately recycled as surface water; there is no time for cleaning. Currently, the biggest contributor to pollution…

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