Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grade 5n/a4.769620
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.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on September 13, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375856056
ISBN-13: 9780375856051
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  • bplisac
    bplisacSaturday, August 29, 2015 at 1:17 pm44 stars
    This book was thrilling. It was creepy and dramatic, it had many different story lines yet the story was still easy to follow. Towards the end there is action, suspense, drama and a twist ending. This story was incredible to read and was very well-written when describing how Clara felt in certain situations. The story line had twists and turns and there was always something happening. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this book to my friends.
    • lovemuggles
      lovemugglesTuesday, February 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm55 stars
      LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!! It's AMAZING!!!! I totally recommend this book to everyone and anyone. Read this book!!!!! It's so cool.