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"YOU CAN CALL ME LIZZIE" MY LATEST BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON. GREAT FOR EVERY AGE.

IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. WHO WOULD EVER THINK THAT MUDDY WATER COULD BE SO CAPTIVATING. IN ALL, THEY CLAIM IT IS AS HIGH AS NIAGARA FALLS.

I ESPECIALLY ENJOYED WRITING A CHAPTER CALLED "THE CHOCOLATE FALLS."

MY FAMILY AND I TOOK A TRIP OUT TO GRAND FALLS, NORTH OF LEUPP, ARIZONA.

IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. WHO WOULD EVER THINK THAT MUDDY WATER COULD BE SO CAPTIVATING. IN ALL, THEY CLAIM IT IS AS HIGH AS NIAGARA FALLS. DON'T EXPECT TO SEE WATER IN IT YEAR ROUND THOUGH. IT RUNS WHEN THE WINTER RUNOFF STARTS.

LIZZIE TAKES A TRIP TO THE CHOCOLATE FALLS AND MAKES A NEW FRIEND; A NAVAJO BOY HOME FROM BOARDING SCHOOL HERDING SHEEP.


EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 20, THE CHOCOLATE FALL

As I peered out over the terrain, I see the boy bringing the herd of sheep closer towards us. I wave again. He motions for us to come towards him. I ask Mama if it is okay if I go to him.

“Just watch your step. There can be prairie dog holes. I don’t need you getting hurt.”

“Okay, Mama. I will watch my step.”

I want to run towards him, but I obey. As we near each other, I see that his hair is as black as mine. His hair is wrapped in a bun tied with white yarn.

He says hello to me, and I answer back. He tells me that his name is Bahe McCabe and he is home from a boarding school in Gallup just to help with the spring shearing. I tell him my name, and we enjoy each other's company. He says it is nice to talk to someone. He gets lonely out here all day by himself. He pulls out a handful of pinon nuts out of his pocket and shares them with me. I have never eaten one before, so he shows me how to crack it with my teeth. Inside the little brown shell is a white nut. I like the flavor.

“Where does this come from?” I ask.

“It is the seeds of the pinon trees.” He shows me the necklace around his neck.

“That is very pretty.”

“Would you like to have it? It is yours if you want it.”

“Oh, I couldn’t take your necklace.”

“It is my gift to you. Besides, I can always make another one.”

I take it from him and place it around my neck. “Thank you. I will cherish this always.”

Suddenly, we are both startled as we hear a shotgun. I have never been shot at before in my life. We both fall to the ground to safeguard ourselves.

“What just happened?” I exclaimed to him. “Who shot at us?”

“Be still,” he said quietly.

We look up from our safe spot on the ground to see Johnny coming towards us carrying his gun.

“Are you two okay?” Johnny asks.

“What in tar-nation just happened?” I blurt out.

“Easy sister. While you two were visiting, a coyote decided to move in on your herd. I had no choice but to shoot at him. I didn’t kill him, I just scared him off.”

“You did not kill the Ma’ii?”

I laugh and ask, “What is a Ma’ii?”

“It means coyote in Navajo,” Bahe explained. “He has power over rain

CONTINUED IN "YOU CAN CALL ME LIZZIE'

THAT IS JUST ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHAPTERS.

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