Eliza's Journal
Eliza's Journal
Eliza's Journal
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.

Book Details


  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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After her Uncle Pat forces Eliza to get a job, she begins to work as an illustrator for Orville Tanner and his grandson Charles (Charlie).Eliza starts to notice some strange things about the “fossils” she has to draw. Like the fact that some of them have NOT even begun to fossilize even though they’re from millions of years ago. Eliza begins to think she’s aiding criminals after discovering that and wondering about the reason they want drawings instead of photos. She sneaks out to the Tanner’s house in the middle of the night to find out what’s going on.

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Eliza Walcott is going to have the dullest summer of her entire fifteen years. Her parents have carted her off to live with her aunt and uncle for the summer, in a little boondock town off the coast of Washington, while they are on a business tripin Florida, of all places. At least shell have a little recreation time. Not. Her dear Uncle Pat is making her get a summer job. Off the coast of Washington. In the middle of nowhere. When she is fifteen years old. Not going to happen, right? Wrong.

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