The Aviary

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Random House Children's Books, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 339 pages
36 Reviews
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.
  

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User Review  - Jess - Goodreads

Good story. Kinda hard to follow and didn't end up how I wanted. But it was cute and a good fast read. Read full review

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User Review  - Kim Ridlehoover - Goodreads

The child in me loves a mystery novel with an adolescent as the hero/heroine. This was a great, easy read. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
21
Section 4
32
Section 5
40
Section 6
53
Section 7
65
Section 8
75
Section 17
184
Section 18
202
Section 19
214
Section 20
226
Section 21
239
Section 22
249
Section 23
258
Section 24
268

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
141
Section 14
152
Section 15
163
Section 16
174
Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
304
Section 29
315
Section 30
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About the author (2011)

KATHLEEN O'DELL was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author for her much-praised debut novel, Agnes Parker . . . Girl in Progress. She's also the author of YA novel Bad Tickets on the Knopf list. She lives with her husband and sons in Glendale, California. 

To learn more about the author and her books, please visit www.kathleenodell.com.

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