Eliza is not happy to be sent to her Uncle Pat and Aunt Gin’s home on Orcas Island for the summer. And when Uncle Pat insists she needs to find a job rather than spend her time on the beach, she’s convinced she’ll have a miserable time. But a chance opportunity as a natural history illustrator presents itself, and she starts working for the Tanners.
While the elder Mr. Tanner is a eccentric man, his grandson, Charlie turns out to be friendly and attractive. But there is something odd going on at the Tanner house. Some of the prehistoric creatures Eliza is asked to draw should have been fossilized, but they appear to be only recently dead. Where are they coming from, and are the Tanners doing something illegal?
Writing her thoughts in her journal, Eliza tells of her budding knowledge of prehistoric times, with illustrations of the creatures she learns about. As she gets to know the Tanners better, she shares her growing attraction to Charlie, along with her concerns for their strange actions. Eliza’s Journal is a fascinating story of teen love, natural history, and mystery. Teens will enjoy reading Eliza’s unedited thoughts about her unusual experience.
Reviewer: Alice Berger