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Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley
Art of Freddy by Walter R. Brooks
The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell
A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram
The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Jonsberg
The Endless Pavement by Jacqueline Jackson
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. 3: Audeamus by Simon Oliver
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins
Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere
The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami by Matthew Carl Strecher
Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam
Freddy Goes to the North Pole by Walter R. Brooks
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
A Haunting Dream by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
Interstate 69 by Matt Dellinger
Moby-Dick: An Ocean Primer by Jennifer Adams
Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Noragami Volume 01 by Adachitoka
Noragami Volume 02 by Adachitoka
Steal the Sky by Megan E. O'Keefe
The Terrible Two Get Worse by Mac Barnett
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
The Underground City (aka Child of the Cavern) by Jules Verne
Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake
What a Ghoul Wants by Victoria Laurie

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



The Aviary: 02/22/16

The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell

I am the type of reader who easily falls into ruts. I might decide to work my way through a particular series, or a favorite author, or a shelf of to be read books I've carefully selected. Combine that organized reading with the off the cuff, impulse reads that I check out from the library (their new book display is always so tempting), and reading I usually end up doing near the end of the year for the Cybils, its easy for other authors to fall through the cracks.

To combat some of that forgetfulness, I'm now trying to read books by authors I enjoyed earlier in my life. Remembering those favorites is actually pretty easy as I can refer to my book diary, a list of books read (with star ratings, no less), that I've kept since the summer of 1987.

Kathleen O'Dell is one of those authors I neglected to revisit until this year. In fact the first book I checked out with my newly acquired library card (having just recently moved) was Ophie Out of Oz. I was curious which Oz Ophie was newly out of. Turns out it was Baum's Oz and not Australia.

The Aviary is historical fiction set in Maine at the end of the nineteenth century. Clara Dooley lives with her mother and an elderly lady, Mrs. Glendover, in the crumbling remains of a once gorgeous mansion. Besides Mrs. Glendover, there is an aviary full of tropical but ornery birds. Clara's been told she has a weak heart and therefore must stay in doors, helping her mother run the house.

Clara is tempted to ignore all warnings when a new family moves next door and a girl about her age does everything she can to make friends. Here is a girl unawares of the local story that haunts the Glendover house (something which Clara, herself is only vaguely aware of save to know that the neighbors don't trust Mrs. Glendover because of it).

With Mrs. Glendover's death, Clara is given the freedom to investigate the truth behind the house and the reason for the creepy aviary. Here is where a very good book becomes as awesome book. It involves magic, mysticism and mystery.

Five stars

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