To Brendan, flying is not only a dream about his future; it’s an important connection to his past. Reading the half-filled pages of his deceased father’s flight logbook, Brendan seeks to know a father who died too young, and to face a future that seems wrought with peril. If he realizes his dream of flight, Brendan believes he will also sever the abusive grip of his stepfather.
When a precocious 11-year-old girl named Aria is thrust into his life, Brendan’s world is turned upside down. Forced to work together after school, Aria’s know-it-all personality runs head-first into Brendan’s quiet resolve. But through the wisdom and insight of Mr. Washington, the school’s janitor and former Tuskegee Airmen mechanic, the two eventually forge a friendship that they both desperately need.
Where the Sky Doesn’t End is a story about hopes, dreams, disappointments, triumphs, sacrifices and friendships. It is a story that will touch your heart and make your spirit soar.
When 13-year-old C.J. Brown learns that she’ll be spending her entire summer away from her friends – isolated – in a small town in central Arkansas, she is utterly despondent.
But as she begins meeting some of the rural village’s residents, C.J. discovers she possess a strange and remarkable gift. And when she befriends an eccentric, 8-year-old rock hound, she soon finds herself being led headlong into the dark and foreboding bowels of the earth.
As a greedy corporate geologist seeks to remove the residents of the small town from their land – in order to acquire the perfect water source for her client’s factory – explosive charges are set off in one of the area’s nearby caves. With that blast, C.J. and her unlikely companion must count on each other to escape from their would-be death trap – just as they appear to have discovered a remarkable cache of “Diamonds in the Rough.”
A former journalist turned marketing communications practitioner, Ron Nichols is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
The author of two photography books and two novels: Where The Sky Doesn't End and C.J. Brown's Diamonds in the Rough.