The Aviary

The Aviary

by Kathleen O'Dell
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Overview

The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell

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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375852268
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 193,299
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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.

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Aviary 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With a likable protagonist and relatable characters, the aviary made me smile while reading it. The author really captures the reader in a little girl's adventure towards discovering her family ties with the help of unlikely feathered friends. A heartwarming tale with a happy ending and a dash of suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is like the best book ever. EVER!!! It even ranks up there with HP and the hunger games. Yep. I said it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Great story and really kept me sucked in.
Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
Cute ghostly mystery for middle-schoolers Clara Dooley has lived her whole life in the decrepit Glendoveer mansion, where her mother is the care-taker of the elderly Mrs Glendoveer. Clara's mother keeps her hidden away from the outside world, claiming that Clara's health is fragile. At 12, Clara has come to an age where she wants to test her boundaries -  and just such an opportunity arrives when her elderly patron passes away, a new girl moves into the neighborhood, and the birds in the aviary begin to speak to her. With her new friend, Clara must discover the secrets of the Glendoveer mansion, and decide whether the birds are friends or foes. This was a cute little ghost story / mystery for children (probably girls) ages 9-12. It used the basic adults-don't-want-to-share-secrets format, while keeping the adults likable and intelligent. The two little girls were adorable and fun. And the birds, once they started developing characters, were a very interesting twist. I found this book an engaging and quick read. Highly recommended for lovers of middle-grade ghost stories / mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. But i want my friend also to read this book too when we go to the book club ( im the person who wrote that last review) but he is a boy and he loves the Harry Potter style. And i mean LOVE. Would he like this book also. Keep in mind he is a boy and im a girl so im okay with this stuff but im not too sure about him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book evah!!!!i love the part where clara talks to helen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!! I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery thats a little creepy a well. My current favorite as well
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book in the world! I couldn't put it down.
Mystryrdr More than 1 year ago
What a great read! Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Aviary is a must read for anyone who likes suspense and mystery. I highly recommend reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice easy read. A bit predictable, but overall I had no complaints.
ReaderStefanie More than 1 year ago
I seem to be reading a lot of books for kids lately but I just love them. (I am 39 years old) I like the fact I can read a quick, easy book in a couple days. More often than not the stories are great and because I am a bit sporadic with my reading finding a shorter book works well for me. The Aviary is one of those stories. I do not read many mystery type books but after reading this one I might look for some more. This was a clever one with great twists and turns. It had a sort of old-fashioned feel to it with the dialog and I enjoyed that as well. I liked the characters. There were some darker parts (death & kidnapping) to this book so overly sensitive kids might need to be warned. I read a lot of reviews on Amazon & Barnes & Noble and the biggest complaints are that the stories are predictable or too simple. I wonder if they are forgetting that it was written for a younger crowd? As long as you don't mind that any age will enjoy this story. There is no reason an adult can't enjoy reading a kid's book as long as they realize they have picked a book written for 8-12 years old. On a side note, this could be a great suspenseful movie for adults if done properly. I don't normally like those types of movies but the story was really good. If you are looking for a quick weekend read, especially with Halloween coming up, I recommend this one!
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Great characters. Fabulous descriptions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great not the best but it still was really good
yonioni More than 1 year ago
Yoni Kornblau This mystery novel is very compelling to read, and very dull at the same time. Clara Dooley who thinks she has a weak heart, is not allowed to leave the house, where her mother works as a helper. Clara, against her mom’s will, sneaks a neighborhood girl into her house every so often. Together, with the help of some birds, they uncover many mysteries about the owner’s family, the Glendovires. This basic summary of the book sounds really dull and completely boring, which is mainly how I view this book. Besides for the ending, which I won’t give away, the book is quite actionless. This novel is excellently written on the sentence-by-sentence level, but I think the plot development could use some sort of speed elixir. Even when the plot was actually starting to take place when I read it, I felt like I was still in a quasi- introduction mode. This type of style is quite discouraging to a reader who likes action books, so if you do, I wouldn’t recommend this book to you. In my opinion if the plot was condensed into a third of the current size, I think the book would be appealing to a more diverse audience. This book also has a very obvious ending which is predictable far before the turn of the last page, but I read to the end only because I was hoping for an unexpected plot twist. If you’re looking for a real mystery novel, stick to Sherlock Holmes or similar books. All in all, I didn’t find this a very interesting book, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. If you have the book at home, you might want to try reading it because people have different opinions, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it. I am generously rating this book 2stars, because I like how O’Dell handles the eerie topic of reincarnation. (I wouldn’t normally mention that because it’s a bit of a spoiler, but I want to justify my rating.)