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The Aviary Paperback – September 11, 2012
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"An absorbing mix of talking birds, ghostly messages, kidnapped children, magic spells & tragic family secrets."
School Library Journal. November 1, 2011:
“O’Dell weaves a tapestry of hauntingly gorgeous imagery with this atmospheric tale of suspense, magic, and adventure. Readers will be captivated from the first page on.”
Booklist, October 1, 2011:
"O’Dell has crafted a terrific story with just the right degree of horror."
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This book tells the story of a young girl, Clara, who lives and works in the house of an old woman, Mrs. Glendoveer. She has lived in the house for all of her life, and cannot leave because she has a serious heart condition. In the yard outside the house, there is an aviary that houses mysterious birds. The peculier birds seem to be trying to tell Clara something, and she is determined to find out what their message is. Her confusion deepens when she discovers the tragedy of the Glendoveers, that their children were kidnapped and murdered, and hears some horrible rumors about them. Clara does not believe the rumors, and sets out on an amazing quest to try to solve this mystery and clear the Glendoveers' name.
From the moment I started reading this book, I knew it was something special. The author thrusts you directly into the plot from the very beginning of the story and keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat, throughout the twists and turns, until the final revelation at the end. Clara, the main character is portrayed as a compelling figure who shows determination and courage to uncover the truth regardless of her personal struggles, or what others think.
In this novel, Odell brilliantly incorporates a mix of fantasy, mystery, action and suspense, into one amazing book. I would definitely recommend this to anybody in middle through high school, looking for a great read. I hope you like the book as much as I did. Enjoy.
"The Aviary" was written by Kathleen O'Dell, and is a fictional book. The genre is historical mystery. It is about a murder in a river that killed five young children and a nanny. The book's main character, Clara, embarks on a long mission to find the sixth missing child, and to learn more about the deaths of the children. This book has many surprises that no one would suspect, and is full of great suspense.
Clara Dooly lives in a big house with her mother, Ruby the cook, and the old Mrs. Glendoveer. While Clara reads many books and does work in the house, her mother, Harriet Dooley, doesn't let her out of the house. Clara, who has no real outside friends, is tutored by the frail Mrs. Glendoveer. One day, Clara is looking outside a window in the mansion and comes across a young schoolgirl passing by looking at her. Clara is excited by this event because it is the chance for her to make her first friend. The two make eye contact, and later trade letters to each other, and secretly become best friends. The new friend, Daphne, wants to learn everything she can about the mysterious Clara. Both girls dig deep into the family legacy of the now late Mrs. Glendoveer, and come across many mysteries that they so dearly want to learn about. Clara is doing this against the rules of her mother, who has no idea what she is up to. In the meantime, Clara begins to develop a relationship with the five birds in the aviary in her backyard garden. The five birds inhabit the souls of the five diseased Glendoveer children, and Clara has to find the missing child, Elliot, in order for the birds to be set free. Clara and Daphne try to contact an old friend of Mr. and Mrs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked this up without knowing much about it and was pleasantly surprised. Young adults and grown-ups would both appreciate the magical realism in this well-written if not... Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. D. Martin Cliffe
Clara is twelve and lives with her mother who is the housekeeper for Mrs. Glendoveer, an invalid widow with a traumatic past. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Boytim
Cover was bent, creased and scratched... can not give as gift. Too bad.Published 2 months ago by LB
The book is cute, and has a unique plot. It was a little too straight forward to be 5 stars, in that there aren't really any shocking plot twists (there are two but by the time... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brittany
From teens to adults, this book is a good read. Suspenseful, mysterious, charming characters and fantastical creatures.Published 3 months ago by Moses
A great , classic kids' novel, written with great suspense and creativity here. I thoughts the many twists and turns were wonderful, and the many kids I have known have loved this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Icelandic wanderer