The Aviary

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 339 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - Inky_Fingers - LibraryThing

This is a tough one to rate. I really like the characters, the relationships, and the way the author commits to making each moment in the story live. The 19th century setting is very believable. But ... Read full review

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User Review  - 68papyrus - LibraryThing

The Aviary was spine tingling Gothic novel. It was so intriguing and suspenseful I read it in one sitting! Clara Dooley lives in the dilapidated Glendoveer mansion with her mother the housekeeper ... 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
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Section 22
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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
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Section 14
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Section 15
163
Section 16
174
Section 25
275
Section 26
284
Section 27
295
Section 28
304
Section 29
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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.