In The Shadow of Eagles
Jillian is sent to Alaska for the summer to live with her grandma. The rainforest is scary, but Jillian must solve the mysteries around her: Who is stealing the eagles, why is the neighbor boy mean to her, and why is she dreaming of flying with a human-like eagle? An otter leads Jillian to an old cabin one night where she confronts her fears, captures the poacher, and discovers who she really is. More
Jillian is a fourteen year-old girl who lives in San Diego with her mother. Her plans for a summer of surfing is disrupted one evening when her mother, who is very ill, informs her that she must spend the summer in Alaska with her grandmother who lives in a remote cabin on an island in Southeast Alaska. Up to this moment, Jillian’s mother had never mentioned the grandmother.
Overnight, Jillian is cast into the foreign environment of a spooky, dark, wet rainforest. One neighbor boy hates her for some reason, an odd float-plane pilot keeps showing up at strange times, the Forest Service ranger realizes eagles are disappearing and suspects someone is a poacher. Jillian’s grandmother disappears on secret errands, and one time in town a strange man calls out Jillian’s name.
In trying to fit in, Jillian’s know-it-all attitude keeps those around her from being friendly. She tries to solve the puzzles surrounding her: Is her grandmother the poacher, why does the neighbor boy hate her, and who was that strange man who called out her name?
In the end, Jillian saves the day when an otter leads her one dark rainy night to a cabin in the forest. She solves the mysteries and discovers the family she had always longed for.
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