The Aviary // Review offered by Shirley Durnal, Maring-Hunt Library Youth Services // Clara, age 12, begins to question the only life she has known in the crumbling old Glendoveer mansion where she, her mother, Harriet the housekeeper, and Ruby the cook, care for the aging widow of a magician, and the unusual birds that live in the garden corner aviary. Seeking answers, she stumbles onto information about past events and magical secrets. Where are the children?
It’s not all Do-si-dos and Tagalongs in Tupelo Hassman’s eerily comic debut about a tough little cookie who pretends she’s a Girl Scout to cope with the downtrodden trailer park she lives in. You have to admire a lass who makes a God’s eye when the going gets rough.
I'm reading this now because I figured I will want to know about this book if I ever get a teaching job in the middle elementary grades. It is choc full of clever plays on words, drawing attention to all the figures of speech we hear but often might not think about their meaning. It's a great book for anyone that loves words!