The Summer Birds (Aviary Hall, Book 1)
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The first of the Aviary Hall books.
Charlotte and Emma Makepeace are children living with their grandfather, Elijah, in a country house in the South Downs in southern England. Named Aviary Hall, the house is decorated with stuffed birds and images of birds. On the way to their small English village school, they meet and befriend a mysterious boy who tells them that he is able to teach them to fly.
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water away to and they usually only went in the school visit often, days when holi- they could spend a whole day there at a time. would Flying, they more arrive quickly, and so they planned their day, tempers forgotten in the thought of freedom. Charlotte pretended confidence, but she desperately feared that they should not be allowed a was not a thing they had ever asked home. It Emma said grandly that she anyone whole day from said, before. would go anyway, whatever
Hall, dabbing 92 at their paint- boxes or looking at books and being cross with one another. dose Every now and then Miss them with her patent cold excessively nasty, and to scold GozzHng came cure, them in to which was quite for their temper. ill But Grandfather Elijah never came because he said that colds were bad for astrology. When the colds were gone, the rain all Most still fell. days the children gathered together somewhere, in a barn or in the school, which was
told him he slept too sound. 112 nicer since he in fact, had not been woken and vil- he was cross crosser And still when he was very cross with his mother, though he could not refuse the candy, because he could not persuade her to let the other children watch their television for at least a week. But worse than the punishments and the disgrace, far worse than the denial of the television for the children, worse than anything set, were the new suspicions that their par-
was growing angry in his teasing the wicked claws dangerously close to "Don't you dare laugh, ingly to her lip, sister. Emma," and waving Emma's nose. said Charlotte "Don't you dare laugh." warn- Emma bit her but her face remained angry. "I won't. I'm right, foot, I \nowr she said and stamped her though that did not sound very good on sand. But she could not keep up her pretense after all and in the The boy did are red," and The antennae waving from the silence
smihng glared at the boy, and took ming Maggot away at her, and at Charlotte, to see the hum- birds. Meanwhile, Charlotte and the boy climbed the heavy staircase to the bathroom. mosaic marble on tains at the floor It and window, put had purple and green had lace cur- some prudish ancestor, ceiling. It also there by fish in though no one could possibly look in, but these were yellow-stained with age; so was the mottled bath bot- tom, and the marble steps were chipped