The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell

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Twelve-year-old Clara Dooley has spent her whole life in the Glendoveer mansion, where her mother is a servant to the kind and elderly matron of the house. Clara has never known another home. In fact, she's confined to the grand estate due to a mysterious heart condition. But it's a comfortable life, and if it weren't for the creepy squawking birds in the aviary out back, a completely peaceful one too.

But once old Mrs. Glendoveer passes away, Clara comes to learn many dark secrets about the family. The Glendoveers suffered a horrific tragedy: their children were kidnapped, then drowned. And their father George Glendoveer, a famous magician and illusionist, stood accused until his death. As Clara digs deeper and deeper into the terrifying events, the five birds in the aviary seem to be trying to tell her something. And Clara comes to wonder: what is their true identity? Clara sets out to solve a decades-old murder mystery—and in doing so, unlocks a secret in her own life, too. Kathleen O'Dell deftly weaves magic, secret identities, evil villians, unlikely heroes, and the wonder of friendship into a mystery adventure with all the charm of an old fashioned classic.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Kathleen O'Dell

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Kathleen O'Dell and her husband live with their sons in Glendale, California. Kathleen O'Dell was named a "Publisher Weekly "Flying Start author for "Agnes Parker . . . Girl in Progress," about which "VOYA "proclaimed, "O'Dell creates some of the liveliest characters in recent young adult fiction." "From the Hardcover edition.
Published September 13, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 354 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eleven years old and barely allowed out of the house due to her “weak heart,” Clara and her mother live with ancient Mrs. Glendoveer.

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This Gilded Age departure from O’Dell’s contemporary fare depicts Clara Dooley, an 11-year-old invalid whose mother keeps the fabulous, mysterious house of a magician’s widow, Mrs. Glendoveer.

Aug 08 2011 | Read Full Review of The Aviary

CLP Teensburgh

Once the home of the famous magician George Glendoveer, it now is rather empty with only the elderly Mrs. Glendoveer, the maid, and Clara and her mother living there.

Dec 12 2011 | Read Full Review of The Aviary

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