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The AviaryTwelve 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 suawking birds in the aviary out back a completely pea. I might have rated this five stars if I'd read it as a kid It shares things in common thematically and in setting and somewhat in plot with many favorite books The Diamond in the Window and The Secret of the Strawbridge Place and Time at the Top and The House with the Clock in its Walls and oh any book with kids in a big old house even Gone Away Lake especially those with elements of fantasy But thinking of all these masterpieces of children's literature serves only to put this book's weaknesses on display a less than convincing voice and overlong narrative Once I realized what was going on here the book started to drag The climax and ending reminded me of the movies Speed and The Fugitive you think it is over but then there is just movie before it ends again There's a great deal of bumbling around and if it weren't for those dumb kids stuff A couple of subplots could have been done away with entirely My edition had I think 337 pages not the 200 listed in the descriptionAs for that unconvincing voice the protagonist is a girl who has never met any other children raised in a household consisting of her mother a middle aged cook and an elderly lady I get that I understand her speech would be weird and formal But somehow it just did not feel real to me; SHE did not feel real to the extent that halfway through the book I read a reference to Clara and thought wait who is Clara Clara is the name of the protagonistSpeaking of her never meeting any other children for a book with a lot of discussion about who is wack I did not feel it adeuately addressed the fact that her mother is totally crazy for telling her she has a heart condition and keeping her locked in the house with brief visits to the yard only That is certifiable and also child abuse Even worse than say Colin in The Secret Garden It edges toward Flowers in the Attic territoryAlso while I normally complain about historical fiction of this day and age being way too over the top with historical references in order to create a You Are There atmosphere I thought this one might have gone too far the other direction There wasn't a whole lot to convince me it was really happening in the what late 1800s Early 1900s Right in there

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Read ´ The Aviary ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð [EPUB] ✰ The Aviary By Kathleen ODell – 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 Twelve year oldCeful 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. Clara Dooley is an 12 year old girl sometime in the late 19th Centurywho lives with her mother who is the housekeeper in an old run down an old run down house belonging to Mrs Glendoveer the widow of an once world famous magicianSince Clara has a weak heart since birth she is not allowed to go to school or to go outside unsupervised so she spends her time helping to care for Mrs Glendoveer who still grieves for the loss of her children several decades agoMrs Glendoveer owns five exotic birdsa cockatooa mynah birda kiskadee and a honeycreeper They are kept in an aviary and Clara is a bit scared of them since they like to screech and make a horrible noises when they see her The enormous black iron cage almost as big as Clara’s own room was backed up against the corner garden wall and sheltered under a pergola with a tattered roof At the sight or sound of a human being the birds inside would flutter and scream as if they were on fire grasping at the bars with their sharp clawsJudging from the noise anyone nearby would have thought there were at least a dozen birds but Clara knew there were only five—a mynah with a saffron mask surrounding blood red eyes a white sulfur crested cockatoo a noisy black grackle a fearless yellow kiskadee and a terrified foam green honeycreeper who pulled at his own feathers Many times Clara wished for the birds to disappear so that she could roam the garden in peace But strangely old Mrs Glendoveer loved the birds as much as Clara feared themPer Mrs Glendoveers instructions they are to be taken very well taken care at all times even after her deathWich comes one night when Mrs Glendoveer passes away and things starts to change in Claras life both in the magical and mundane way when she makes a new friend and the birds in the aviary starts to talk to her Maybe there are some unresolved things from the past that needs to be set right and Clara might just be the person who can accomplish thisThe aviary was a book that I really enjoyed reading and while to some of the answers to mysteries become obvious as you read on this is a book for children after all I felt that that there were still some things I didnt know until the end of the bookClara was a great heroineshe starts out as this timid and unuestioning girlbut as we we follow her she gains her courage and happy endingNot only is it a tale with supernatural elements but its also a story about the relationship between a mother and her childand growing up wanting to be able to make your own decisionsI like the comparision the author makes between the birds in their cage and the life Clara is livingClara and her friend Daphne Asphinal might sound oddly adult in the way they talk but I think it fits the time period when this takes place wich is late 1890searly 1900sAnd if you know anything of this period in time you have to suspend your disbelief that an 11 year old girl would correspond with an old man and that he would respond but its easily overlooked as you get immersed in the storyTowards the end there are some home alone antics wich broke the mood slightly but these things I have mentioned are just small things in a very good book

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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 class. Kind strange but different