Olivia Brophie feels betrayed. She hasn’t heard from her mom who’s serving in the army in Iraq. And for no reason, her dad sent her to live with her crazy aunt and uncle in the middle of nowhere—the Florida scrub. It seems boring till bears follow her to school, coral snakes leave her gifts, and tree frogs start writing cryptic messages on her bedroom window.
Olivia is fascinated by the giant insect walkingsticks that her uncle tenderly protects. He turns out to be crazier than she thought with wild ideas about magnetic currents, cosmic rays, and a mysterious device that controls the laws of the universe. He doesn’t know the half of it.
Along with Doug, a local eco-nerd genius, and Gnat, her videogame-obsessed little brother, Olivia discovers a vast underworld city that holds the secrets of history as well as the way to the future. With the forces of evil at her heels, she finds a brilliant pearl and must use its power to discover her life’s ultimate destiny.
Christopher Tozier lives in the north Orlando, Florida area and has been selected as a 2011 Individual Artist Fellow for by the State of Florida. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Creative Writing and English program where he served as Poetry Editor of The Madison Review.
His first novel, Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, is a middle-grade fantasy and the first of a series. The book won a silver medal in the 2012 Florida Publishers Association President’s Awards. It is also being taught widely in Florida schools. The author is currently partnering with Archbold Biological Station in Lake Wales, FL in developing an integrated curriculum, blending Language Arts standards with a Science curriculum. Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus is a unique fantasy that features central Florida natural history, in particular the Florida scrub.
Tozier’s poems have appeared widely in journals such as Tampa Review, Post Road, Saw Palm, San Pedro River Review, The Literary Review, Cream City Review, The Florida Review, Maryland Poetry Review, and The Wisconsin Review. He has a scientific note published in The Florida Entomologist.
Christopher Tozier is also an active blogger, featuring photography and writing based on life in a Florida scrub.
Artist website http://www.christophertozier.com/
Book website http://www.oliviabrophie.blogspot.com