The Glass Bird Girl
Esme Kerr
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 10+
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: xxxpp
ISBN: 978-1-908435-99-6
Publication date: May 2014
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World Rights     Rights sold: Sweden, USA, World English Language Audio 


The first in the exciting new Knight's Haddon series ...

 

Orphan Edie is sent by her artdealer uncle to Knight’s Haddon School, to investigate the disappearance of a precious glass bird belonging to his secretive client’s daughter, Anastasia, an unhappy Russian princess. But what Edie uncovers instead is a dangerous mystery that only the girls themselves can solve.

‘With echoes of Mallory Towers, the midnight feasts and schoolgirl sleuthing make this perfect for Blyton fans – and girls dreaming of adventure.’
MAIL ON SUNDAY, CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE MONTH
‘It’s terrifically old-fashioned: an orphaned girl is given a scary assignment to keep tabs on a Russian rich girl who’s being spooked at boarding school by unaccountable events. A good read.’
EVENING STANDARD
‘The Glass Bird Girl was a brilliant book which, although written in an old-fashioned style, was exciting and mysterious. There wasn’t a moment where you didn’t want to read on as the plot kept you captivated with its twists and turns … a good adventure-mystery book which will make you want to read it again and again and again! I would give this book 9/10.’
GUARDIAN ONLINE
‘There’s nothing like a good boarding school story, and this is a great example of the genre … really hits the spot.’
LUCY STAINES, BOOKS FOR KEEPS
‘Sensitively written, this is a cut above most fiction for girls of nine-plus.’
AMANDA CRAIG, CHILDREN’S BOOK CRITIC
‘[The Glass Bird Girl] has a distinct feeling of fantasy about it in spite of its modern setting … an engrossing book, cleverly plotted and peopled by very real characters.’
JANE SANDELL, THE SCOTSMAN

Edie crouched on her bedroom windowsill, training her field glasses on the three boys by the stone pond. Their names were Lyle, Jason and Tom, and she hated them. They were like foxes, thin and cunning, with eyes that flashed through mops of filthy hair.

"I often think of the boarding school I attended long ago, when there were no computers or mobile phones, and the outside world was something we knew we would barely glimpse again until the next holiday, or the end of term. I tried to imagine whether such a place might ever exist today, and then in my mind's eye I saw Knight's Haddon, but it turned out to be a much more mysterious place than the school I'd known …"

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