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Eliza down under
Bernard, Virginia.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Four Corners, [2000]

Physical Description:
121 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Assigned to cover the Sydney Olympic games for a U.S. television station, Eliza's mother decides to take the fourteen-year-old girl to Australia with her. A short Sydney guidebook is appended.
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Travel down under to Australia with Eliza Lomax, whose TV-reporter mom just got the biggest assignment of her life, covering the Summer Olympics in Sydney and Eliza gets to go along. Once she gets there, Eliza finds Sydney fascinating as she travels to its famous and little-known attractions. She experiences adventure and romance amid the excitement and spectacle of the Olympic Games. Go with her to the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens and see a panorama of the harbor and the city from a lookout in the south pylon of the Sydney Harbor Bridge. She also finds a new friend and gets into the excitement of the Olympics.

Author Notes

Virginia Bernard grew up in Melbourne, Australia. She currently lives in New York City.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-In the first title, Eliza makes a journey of self-discovery during her adventures in Australia. Hauled "down under" against her will as a result of her mother's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to report on the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, she is determined to be miserable. However, making friends with the cute boy next door and delving into local mermaid lore quickly distract her. The teen's homesickness and unhappiness ebb as she envisions a future in this ocean-side community. In New York, a mildly entertaining tale of "finding one's voice," 14-year-old Jessie flies with the Prairie Youth Chorale from Minnesota to New York to sing at Lincoln Center. While the others are enjoying the sights and sounds of the city, she is busy worrying. Her luggage is missing; her friend Mike is acting strangely; and she is suffering from a rotten, performance-threatening cold. To top it all off, Kendra, the gifted and incredibly annoying diva of the group, is giving her a hard time. Despite the limited character development and thin, predictable plots, these books may find an audience with readers who enjoy short, formulaic series. They have just enough adventure and romance to be palatable, and they include interesting facts and descriptions of the featured cities. Maps and annotated guides to points of interest, complete with hours of operation and Web addresses, are appended.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.