In The Girl with the Glass Bird, we meet Edie Wilson just as her awful cousins have caught the pet goldfish Edie brought with her to Folly Farm. What they do to the goldfish and to Edie is gross and cruel. But like many stereotypical upper class British parents, Edie's aunt writes it all off as "Boys will be boys".
Meanwhile, Edie's older cousin, Charles has been handed an assignment by one of his biggest clients and oldest friends. Charles has to plant a girl in the client's daughter's boarding school to find out if the client's daughter IS being tormented as she claims she is. Well, well, well, how convenient! When he decides to drop in on Folly Farm, who should he find but an 11-year-old girl whose aunt could care less what happens to her - as long as Edie is "safe", that is.
And Edie enters the world of Knight's Haddon. No cell phones, no TV, very little computer usage - the school is exactly as it was when Edie's mother went there. From the start, Edie knows that Anastasia, her charge, is being manipulated. But are the students behind the pranks or are the adults to blame?
Princesses and bullies, spies and secrets, The Girl with the Glass Bird by Esme Kerr mixes all these things together to produce a page turner. Is Anastasia crazy or is someone just trying to make her seem that way? Who can Edie trust when her grandmother warns her away from everyone? Little events build to a grand crisis. And Edie may not be able to move fast enough.