The Aviary

The Aviary

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Twelve-year-old Clara Dooley has spent her whole life in the crumbling Glendoveer mansion, home to a magician's widow, a cage full of exotic birds, and a decades-old mystery. Clara loves old Mrs. Glendoveer, but the birds in the aviary frighten her--they always seem to screech and squall whenever she's near. And then one day, the mynah bird speaks, and a mystery starts to unravel.

Clara discovers dark secrets about the family, and about her own past. Somehow the birds in the aviary seem to be at the center of it all, and Clara can't shake the feeling that they are trying to tell her something. . . .
Publisher: New York : Yearling, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9780375852268
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,22 cm.

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SusanJ_124
Nov 21, 2018

A very tedious read. Even with skimming great chunks, I think I still wasted too much time getting through it.

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sbennett
Jul 01, 2015

An interesting story, but I figured out the "mystery" by page 73. Still a bit intriguing and I think it would be a good read to the end but the focus on deep magic and the ability to transfer the souls of the dead to animals....had to stop reading just as a personal conviction. :)

bookfanatic1979 Sep 22, 2013

While I usually try to avoid children’s books (entirely too much drama and preteen angst for my taste), this one is an absolute charmer. It had a very “secret garden” vibe to it. I actually cried a little at the end. Just a little, seeing as how I was at work and I didn’t want anyone to catch me sniffling into my spaghetti.

HRDR Jan 29, 2013

This book is beautifully written, with an engaging plot; however, as the story unfolded more and more occultic elements came to light in the story. I enjoyed it, but would hesitate to recommend it.

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lipglossgirl
Aug 19, 2015

Clara Dooley, an 11 year old girl, uncovers a dark and deep mystery that threatens the lives of all she holds dear. Perfect for Neil Gaiman fans.

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ychi
Jun 24, 2014

“But the cockatoo stood patiently until the sash was lifted, looked at Clara with his golden eyes, and pleaded in such a rich, melancholy voice that she was bound to him with all her sympathies:
“Please? Please? Oh please?””

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