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12 Days of Holiday Gift Book Suggestions – Day 4

December 13, 2011

Welcome back for day 4 of our 12 Days of Holiday Gifts. Today Sarah W. joins us to share one of her favorites.

It’s so great to have a book that  you can recommend without reservations because it is so delightful and The Aviary is one of those books.

Here’s a book for anyone wanting a great magical mystery with a Victorian feel – think The Secret Garden but with a mystery, intricate plot, magical elements and a pitch perfect friendship.

The plot is an intricate weave with secrets unraveling in surprising ways.  Living in the crumbling Glendoveer Mansion,  Clara, the sheltered daughter of Mrs. Glendoveer’s caretaker Harriet yearns for a life beyond the one in this house. At the heart of the book is a wonderful friendship between Clara and Daphne, a decades old mystery of disappeared children, and a death bed warning and bequest.  As Clara discovers more about the history of the Glendoveer family, she finds out secrets about her own past.  The conclusion is a soul satisfying one with a magical feel. Perfect for 8-12 year olds with a lively sense of adventure.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2011 8:43 am

    My list continues to grow and row and grow. I pray it never ends!

  2. December 13, 2011 10:05 am

    I have seen others talk about this book. Thanks for making me put it on my wish list! Anything similar to The Secret Garden, and adding more as you say, sounds like a winner.

  3. December 14, 2011 6:21 am

    I agree–this is a very enjoyable one!

  4. December 20, 2011 11:56 am

    Just borrowed this from the library for our family book – at 11 and 14, we still read a book together at bedtime (then they read their own book) and this one sounded good to him and her – thanks!

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