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The Aviary

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ISBN13: 9780375856051
ISBN10: 0375856056
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"It's been a few years since readers have heard from O'Dell, apparently because she's been getting her Frances Hodgson Burnett on. 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. The kindly widow has secrets, not least of which is her love for five terrifying birds that live in an iron cage in the garden, but she dies before Clara can discover more than that she had a baby who disappeared. Clara, lonely and rebellious, struggles to make contact with a neighbor, Daphne, despite her mother's prohibitions. Daphne relays more gossip about the Glendoveers, but it's not until Daphne's kitten gets inside the aviary that Clara begins unraveling the truth. Nursing the injured honeycreeper, Clara believes the bird responds by 'talking.' Can it be? The honeycreeper's encouragement leads to discovery after discovery in a well-paced, high-tension mystery that draws not only on Burnett, but also C.S. Lewis, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and Neil Gaiman, joining a rich heritage of stories about children with a secret 'room of their own.' Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

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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outhere513, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by outhere513)
Clara lives in the house of a famous magician with her mother and the magician's wife. When the magician's wife dies, the birds in the backyard aviary begin to speak to Clara, revealing secrets about the children who once lived there! This is the perfect book for any middle grade reader, or curious adult!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375856051
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Author:
O'Dell, Kathleen
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Movie or Television Tie-In
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.51 x 6.12 x 1.14 in 1.025 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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The Aviary
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Product details 352 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375856051 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's been a few years since readers have heard from O'Dell, apparently because she's been getting her Frances Hodgson Burnett on. 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. The kindly widow has secrets, not least of which is her love for five terrifying birds that live in an iron cage in the garden, but she dies before Clara can discover more than that she had a baby who disappeared. Clara, lonely and rebellious, struggles to make contact with a neighbor, Daphne, despite her mother's prohibitions. Daphne relays more gossip about the Glendoveers, but it's not until Daphne's kitten gets inside the aviary that Clara begins unraveling the truth. Nursing the injured honeycreeper, Clara believes the bird responds by 'talking.' Can it be? The honeycreeper's encouragement leads to discovery after discovery in a well-paced, high-tension mystery that draws not only on Burnett, but also C.S. Lewis, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and Neil Gaiman, joining a rich heritage of stories about children with a secret 'room of their own.' Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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