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The Glass Bird Girl

(Knight's Haddon #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  73 reviews
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.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Chicken House Ltd
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Rachel A girl called Edie who was previously forced to live with her unruly cousins is implanted in a rich secondary school for girls to try and solve a myst…moreA girl called Edie who was previously forced to live with her unruly cousins is implanted in a rich secondary school for girls to try and solve a mystery. It turns out a bit more serious than she expected, however....(less)
Rachel Modern times, I think, as they talk about the children being sheltered form the Modern world and having no phones or computers.

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11 year old orphan, Edith Wilson, lives on an English farm with her guardian, Aunt Sophia, and her dreadful cousins. The boys torture her, her Aunt ignores her, and she longs to visit her grandmother, who resides in a nursing home. One day, her much older cousin Charles, comes to take her to Knight's Haddon, an all girls boarding school. Charles employer, Russian Prince Stolonov, needs Edie to "spy" on his daughter, Anastasia, who the prince believes is being bullied. As Edie and Anastasia's fri ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, middle-grade
I was expecting something a bit more adventurous and mysterious. While I really enjoyed Edie’s character — she certainly doesn’t do well as a spy, but it was fun to watch her attempt to sneak around — I found myself drawn to the adults in the story. With every turn of phrase, with every tiny scene alone in their minds, I was drawn to that aspect of the mystery more than what the girls were up to. This book also contains a lot of fears over mental illness as well, paranoia and the like, and I was ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, mystery
There's an evil plot afoot in this boarding school and there are far too many suspects to count. Who would want to harm the princess Anastasia? Is it just a bully? Or is a far more sinister plot unfolding. That is what Edie is charged to find out.

Edie is an orphan who has been raised by her grandmother. But when her grandmother is no longer able to take care of her, her new guardian becomes her Aunt Sophia, her mother's sister. Edie is miserable living with her cousins and Aunt Sophia really co
Merrilyn Tucker
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Think of a 19th century all-girls English boarding school. Conjured the image in your mind? Headmistress, matron, whippet thin and beautiful teacher, beds lined up in a dormitory,a rich girl and a poor girl. You've got it, only this time the old-fashioned boarding school is smack dab in the 21st century. Parents send their children to Knights Haddon to learn in the old fashioned way: no cellphones, computers, televisions, or Kindles. Edie is sent to the school on the ominous mission to spy on th ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Original read-10 july 2017
Reread- 19th may ( reread book for childhood books challenge)
When feisty Edie is sent to a remote school to spy on fragile Anastasia, she never imagines that they'll become best friends instead — and discover an ominous plot that puts both their lives in danger!
The idea is inspired by enid blyton st Clare's series and Mallory towers and I will say she has put it perfectly to make it beautiful story.
The characters were graceful explained ----- specially edie she did not
Dora Entwisle
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing I loved it so much although at the first half or so were quite slow the ending was brilliant it really took a turn and it surprised me at the end because it turned out soooo different than what I expected which I loved and I loved the way it was described and it really made me picture it in my head I read it with my friend at the same time and she loved it too so I definitely recommend this book 📖
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Edie's parents have died, and her grandmother goes blind and is sent to a nursing home, so Edie must go to her aunt's house, where she is miserable, tormented by her cousins who do really evil things like catch and eat her large goldfish. Luckily, her cousin Charles is doing business with the Russian prince Stolonov, whose daughter Anastasia is enrolled in the strict, Luddite Knight's Haddon school but having problems there. Edie is offered a position-- she
Robin Stevens
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly charming book that still manages to have a real edge to it, this is a loving and pitch-perfect update of the traditional boarding school story. The world-building is wonderful, it has a gripping mystery at its heart, its adult characters are brilliantly mysterious and fascinating, and its child characters are absolutely believable (and, at times, very believably horrid to each other). It rollicks along - at times slightly ridiculously, but that's allowed. I can't wait for the next ...more
This was much darker than I was expecting. Mistreated orphans and bleak boarding schools are common enough in middle grade fiction, but there were no moments of levity or happiness to offset the depressing qualities and no feeling of anyone being on the side of the main characters until near the end. The story was clunky and the villains cartoonish. It seemed like it should have been set in the past rather than present. One thing that I did like is that it's a mystery that doesn't involve a murd ...more
If you adored Enid Blyton's boarding school stories and her famous five series you'll love this book. It has the boarding school setting (complete with lacrosse) but with a famous fiveesque mystery. An enjoyable read
Maria V
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
The setting in this one was supposed to be contemporary but the language used throughout made it seem like the 1950s. Little confusing!
There was plenty to keep the reader intrigued, perhaps a little too much at times, but nothing really to make it stand out from the other boarding school/mystery series.
Edith is an orphaned girl living in England. She is offered a place at a boarding school by her uncle, in order that she will be a spy for his employer. The other student, a Russian Princess is being bullied in her new boarding school and her father, the Prince, wants to get to the bottom of it. This book was thrilling and mysterious, had strong female characters and plenty of intrigue.
Amy Brown
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice grade 5-8 book that easily fits into the mystery genre without being too mystery-like. Young readers will closely understand the issues of jealousy, petty teasing, and peer angst experienced by these characters. Throw in shady adult characters, some things that don't quite add up, and the possibility of danger and young readers will want to read to the end.
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a young adult book and oh so enjoyable! The mystery and setting suited me very well and just exciting enough to keep me wanting to read, but not so much to keep me up at night. Very well written.
Ann Klein
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Nancy Drew set in contemporary England though it feels like 50 years ago. It's a middle school read, but engaging nonetheless.
Emily Demattia
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great, fast paced mystery novel and I enjoyed it alot
Amélie Hartley
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a quite interesting book with a modern time Russian princess Anastasia.
Lara Miller
A mystery/adventure story set in a girls' boarding school. It was a little slow until the action got started in the last few chapters.
Bharath Tamilmani
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: schoolgirl-life
This book has nice storyline.But this book is good for beginners.Actually this story is slow,but climax is good,easy to read.i opt this book for beginners
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A random library find from the children's department chapter book section. A very quick but suspenseful read. It was fun to read something different than I normally read.
Eh--I was not very enamored by the characters, and I didn't find the storyline very believable. I also found it annoying that I couldn't tell when the story was set. Was it 1800 or 2016? Obviously later, because of cell phones, but the language was somewhat old fashioned. Not a huge fan of this book.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Review by Ella - Year 8

The Glass Bird Girl is about Edie Wilson, who is living with her Aunt Sophia at Folly Farm along with her hateful cousin Lyle and his brothers. However, when she gets an opportunity to go to a private school, Knights Haddon, far away from Folly farm, is everything what it seems to be?

As the story progresses you notice that there are two main characters, Edie Wilson and Anastasia Stolonov. Edie is an adventurous girl, and always willing to go through trouble for her family
Louise / Daisy May Johnson
There's a lot of books out like this at the moment (no bad thing -ed). The school story with a hint of mystery seem to be having a little bit of a resurgence (like I said, no bad thing -ed) and that's clearly no bad thing at all (finally -ed).

The Glass Bird Girl is a very beautiful little book. From the precise eloquence of that title, through to the old-time feel of it, it's a book that harks back to the classics of the genre and one which both plays with and pays tribute to the genre itself.

Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have finally gotten around to read Esme Kerr's "Knight's Haddon" series starting with "The Glass Bird Girl".

Edie, 11, is an orphan, who grew up with her grandmother. When her grandma lost her eyesight, she started teaching Edie at home at their modest flat in the middle of London. Then her grandma has to go to a care home, Edie is sent to her aunt who lives on a farm in the country side. Edie hates her three cousins, vicious Lyle and the two younger twin brothers. But then another relat
Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
Raised by her grandmother then abandoned to her aunt and horrible cousins, Edie is rescued by her uncle to go undercover at a boarding school. Her mission: to protect a Russian princess from the fellow schoolgirls that seem to be picking on her.

In this brilliant boarding school setting that reminded me of a younger version of Night School, Edie has to navigate secrets, general bitchiness and tough lessons to get to the bottom of whatever Anastasia's problem is. Which appears to much more compli
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to think about British boarding house mystery, but this has such an unusual premise I was swept right in. I was kept guessing about some of the backstory, which was refreshing as well. Strong young female characters, and both heroes and villains are women.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, middle-grade
Edie is an orphan who lives with her grandma until Babka goes blind. Edie is then sent to live with her aunt and cousins who torment her horribly. Cousin Charles steps in an offers to send Edie to Knight's Haddon boarding school. There is just one catch, Edie will have to act as a spy at the school. Seems Anastasia, a Russian princess and Charles's goddaughter, is being tormented at school. Her father Prince Stolonov wants to find out who is behind the thefts and injuries. So Edie goes to school ...more
When Edie's grandmother has to go into a nursing home, she's worried about what's going to happen to her. Her parents passed away when she was just a baby, and the only other family she has is her horrible Aunt Sophia. Luckily, a distant cousin named Charles comes to her rescue. He works for the family of a Russian princess, and she's having trouble at her English boarding school. Charles wants Edie to go to the school and find out what the trouble is. Edie's excited - she loves to learn and doe ...more
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Esme Kerr went to ten schools and studied History at Oxford and Cambridge. She has three children, two dogs, three cats and four fish. She lives between Oxford and London.

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