Eliza's Journal

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Eliza's Journal
Co-Authors / Illustrators
Kati Green
Publisher Name
Craigmore Creations
Genre/Type
Age Group
10+
Published Date
October 12, 2012
ISBN Number
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 uses her talent as an artist and applies to be a natural history illustrator for the local eccentric Orville Tanner. She documents her time on the island by writing and drawing in her journal, which is the format of the novel itself. Orville Tanner is strange and gruff and Eliza considers turning the job down, until she meets Charlie, Orville s handsome grandson. The summer progresses and a friendship develops, while Eliza finds herself illustrating peculiar finds from the chronicles of geologic time. Guided by curiosity and an uncanny sense that something is very different about the Tanner family, Eliza begins to snoop around for information. As the romance between Eliza and Charlie grows, Eliza begins to unlock the details of a family secret.

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Overall rating 
 
3.6
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0
What I Loved:

The voice! The main character is nearly sixteen, but her voice skews a bit younger, which is perfect for middle grade readers. She's funny, witty, smart, and observant. In fact, her voice combined with the mystery in the plot reminded me of a more modern Nancy Drew.

I also enjoyed the setting, and the many details that bring it to life. Most of this is through Eliza's experiences with the geological finds she's illustrating. This is a book that could be used to educate middle grade readers about Orcas Island and the various geological finds described in the book while still entertaining them with the humor, slight mystery, and sweet romance.

What Left Me Wanting More:

Honestly, this book confused me at first. Like so many readers, I make snap judgments about a book by its cover, and this book's cover says "I'm from 1974." The illustrations inside, for the most part, felt old-fashioned as well. Nothing about the book's presentation says "funny, mysterious, adventurous middle grade book" but in truth, that's what readers will find inside the pages. I feel like this book has an identity crisis on its hands because modern readers are looking for bold, beautiful covers and illustrations, and this book is in danger of being passed up in favor of others whose packaging will draw readers in. That would be a shame because this is a book worth reading.

Final Verdict:

Eliza's Journal is funny, fast-paced, and contains just the right amount of mystery, science, and romance to capture a discerning middle grade reader. There is some light profanity in case readers are sensitive to that. Despite the lack of an engaging cover, I do hope readers find their way to this book!
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