TITLE: The Rookery
GENRE: MG - Fantasy
Twelve-year-old Kellen absolutely refuses to be turning into a bird, or really, a Freak. But when her younger sister becomes the next victim of Avian kidnappers, she realizes that the only way to save her is to accept her newfound powers.
Secrets used to be cool to Kellen. Mysterious and intriguing. But now that she had a secret of her own, she knew otherwise. Secrets were stupid. Secrets were embarrassing. Secrets were disastrous.
She looked at her unmade bed and shame rushed to her cheeks. There were feathers splayed all over her bed. How the heck did they get there? They weren’t goose-down, like the white ones you find when your pillow explodes. These were different. Fluffy and soft, like the lining of a bird’s nest. Some were white with black stripes and others were tawny with white specks.
Her window had been closed all night—nothing could have come in. Rat, the family cat, was locked out—he couldn’t have left her a “present”. How could the feathers have gotten into her bed? A strange thought snuck into her head like an oil leak. Could the feathers have come from her?
Someone pounded on her bedroom door. “Kellen! There’s been another! Kellen! Wake up!” It was Linnet, her little sister.
“Not now, Linnet!” she muttered under her breath. But she knew, with Linnet, it had to be now. Kellen had to hide her secret, quick!
“Kellen! I’m coming in!” Linnet warned.
A metallic tinkling came through the doorknob. She had to act fast. Linnet had been working on her lock-picking skills lately, and it wouldn’t take long for her to get in. Most seven-year old girls loved horses or wanted to be princesses. Kellen’s little sister was in training to be a detective.