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Eliza's Journal


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ISBN13: 9780984442256
ISBN10: 0984442251
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Eliza Wolcott has been sent by her parents to live with her aunt and uncle for the summer on the small community of Orcas Island off the mainland of Washington State. What she imagines to be a fun-in-the-sun vacation quickly turns into a season of assuming responsibility as she is forced by her uncle to get a summer job. Eliza utilizes her talent as an artist and accepts a job as a "natural history illustrator" for the local eccentric Orville Tanner. While Mr. Tanner is strange and gruff, his grandson Charlie is friendly and handsome. As the summer progresses Eliza finds herself illustrating peculiar finds from the geologic past. Guided by curiosity and an uncanny sense that something is very different about the Tanner family, Eliza begins to snoop around for information and unlocks the Tanner family secret. Eliza documents her time on the island by writing and drawing in her journal, which is the format of the novel itself.


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Caelyn AB Williams has had a lifelong interest in paleontology, zoology, and particularly Orcas Island in the Puget Sound. She lives near Olympia, Washington. Kati Green is a graphic designer.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
When Eliza leaves California for Washington state’s San Juan Islands for the summer, she’s not sure what to expect. Her parents are working in Florida, and her aunt and uncle live on Orcas Island, a beautiful place that Eliza takes to right away.

Her dreams of a lazy summer among the fir trees vanishes when her uncle insists she find a job. She ends up working for the eccentric Mr. Tanner, who puts her drawing skills to use illustrating the fossils and other natural history items he owns.

Although Liza thinks there is something strange going on at Mr. Tanner’s house, at first she ignores it because she likes being around his grandson, Charlie. But as weird happenings multiply, she sets out to solve the mystery of what the Tanners are actually up to. What she discovers is something wholly unexpected.

Eliza’s Journal, written by Caelyn AB Williams and illustrated by Kati Green is part romance, part mystery and part travel promotion for the San Juan Islands. As the name implies, it’s written as though Eliza is making entries in her journal, so we see the story unfold as she recaps her days. Illustrations go along with the entries.

As she draws, Eliza also learns about the specimens she is given, and a handy guide at the font of the book helps readers keep the geologic timeline straight.

While I was bothered by Eliza’s seeming lack of a relationship with her parents (who don’t take her along for the summer and apparently don’t even call to check in on her), I was happy to read along as Eliza explored the island and worked to solve the mystery. Eliza’s Journal also made me want to plan a summer vacation on Orcas Island, which is almost like another character in the story.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review.
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Cisco, January 19, 2013 (view all comments by Cisco)
This is a wonderful story with humor, mystery, and a little bit of romance. The paleontology is a nice side trip, fits into the story line naturally, and doesn't talk down to the reader in any way or make the boneheaded assumption (pun intended) that 'girls won't like this stuff'. I LIKE this stuff and I'm a girl!
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Product Details

Williams, Caelyn Ab
Craigmore Creations
Green, Kati
Literature-A to Z
Nature & the Natural World
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
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8.5 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 10

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Children's » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Folklore and Legends
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Literature Folklore and Memoirs
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