MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK OF THE MONTH
The Secret Starling by Judith Eagle
Clara has had a lonely life staying with her mean Uncle in a crumbling old manor house in the country. When Uncle abandons Clara, leaving her with nothing but a wedge of ‘guilt money’, Clara decides to stay in the house and do things her way for a change. Then streetwise Peter turns up with Stockwell the cat and Clara feels sure that they have everything they need to survive. But it turns out that Uncle has lied to Clara and nothing is as it seems.
This charming, exciting book is full of suspense, friendship, family secrets, and adventure–this new book reads like a timeless classic, and will be great for readers aged 8-12 (and grown-ups too!).