Book review: The Girl with the Glass Bird, by Esme Kerr

Kerr, Esme. The Girl with the Glass Bird. Chicken House/Scholastic. 2015. $16.99. 265p. 978-0-545-69984-6. Ages 11-14. P8Q7

Kerr Girl with the Glass BirdOrphaned Edie Wilson can get an education only if she watches out for a Russian princess at a prestigious boarding school who thinks someone is stealing her personal items and then returning them. Kerr depicts the traditional harshness and rigidity of a school where servants such as Edie cannot be part of school activities and she must rely on her wits to care for herself. Russian aristocracy disappeared almost a century ago so the premise is faulty, and the book’s style would well fit the 19th century. Take out the confiscated cell phones, and the book would make a great historical novel for teens. Other than that, it’s a delightful British read.

September 2015 review by Nel Ward.

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