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Goodreads rating: 3.75

Paperback, Published in May 2010 by Wheatmark

ISBN10: 1604943831 | ISBN13: 9781604943832

Page count: 324

Up until now, the only thing sixteen-year-old Danny Cloud has needed to worry about is whether he can work up the courage to talk to girls. The remote, isolated ranch where his family lives seems safe from the rest of the world.

But strange things are happening in the town of Faraway, ten miles from the Cloud ranch. The high school principal has gone on a crusade. A beautiful, mysterious teacher claims to be a witch and turns her science class into a theater of the disturbed. A series of suspicious deaths put the town on edge.

And meanwhile, a different kind of witch hunt is brewing that could tear apart the town-and the Cloud family's way of life.

About the Author

Tom Walker and Mary Walker are siblings who grew up on Arizona cattle ranches. Tom is a retired journalist with nearly thirty years' experience as a reporter and editor. Mary is a clinical psychiatric social worker in Pomona, California, who regularly writes for her blog, Tom and his wife, Linda, live in Tucson, and Mary lives in California with her partner, Rabbi Leslie Bergson. This is their first novel. Visit their website at

Praise for "Contrary Creek"

"A humorous, sensitive, poignant coming-of-age story within the larger theme of a waning way of life in the ranching West."
-- Patricia Davis Brandt, Former President, Arizona Historical Society

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