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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Mark Twain Nominees 2012-2013
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; First Edition edition (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823422526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823422524
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–Gordon revisits the quirky city of Gloria (the setting of two previous novels) for this lighthearted mystery. Readers who enjoy unique characters will be pleased. Aiden Farmer isn't fitting in at her new school. Having moved to Gloria with her mother after the death of her dad, she is teased for her rural upbringing. After hearing stories of 20 valuable coins hidden in the palatial Ingle Building, she begins to dig deeper, enlisting the help of her friend Adam and cousin Liesl. The race is on to find the lost Gold Falcons, but Aiden isn't the only one looking for riches. The mood is upbeat–this treasure hunt doesn't take itself too seriously. There are unexpected eccentric touches everywhere. From Felix, a man intent on getting his pet mouse to speak, to the millionaire owner of the Ingle Building, who wants to build a castle in the middle of the park to bring her estranged daughter back to Gloria, twists and turns abound. Gordon delights in bringing even minor characters to life. While the conclusion feels a bit drawn out, this amiable title will charm its fair share of readers.Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI
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From Booklist

In her third middle-grade mystery set in the endearing, fictional city of Gloria, Gordon introduces Aiden, who moves with her mother to her opera-singer Uncle Tony’s apartment after her father’s death. A rumor that gold coins are hidden in the building where Tony performs distracts Aiden from the heartache of relocation, and with the help of new friends, she races to uncover clues that may lead to the long-forgotten treasure. Once again, the cast of warm, eccentric characters are the story’s greatest strength, while the artistic allusions and puzzle-like clues will appeal to fans of Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer (2004). Grades 4-7. --Gillian Engberg

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on April 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Moving to the city proved difficult for twelve-year-old Aiden Farmer. True to her last name, she loved the farm and wished desperately that her mother did not need to sell it. But they had trouble making ends meet, especially after her father died, and a kind uncle in the city had offered to take them in for a while. Although Aiden could attend the elite private school where her mother had found a teaching job, she felt ostracized and out of place.

Life in her new home and school took an unexpected turn for the better when Aiden became enmeshed in an exciting hunt for a cache of gold coins hidden away in the grand Ingle building. Although those coins had lost most of their value after the Great Depression, they had remained hidden so long that they were worth a lot of money -- enough to pay for Aiden's dream of keeping the farm. Would she and the friends she made along the way manage to decipher the mysterious clues before the other treasure hunters did?

This mystery novel provides middle-grade readers with an appealing mix of intrigue, humor, and adventure. Key to the plot development are some important economic ideas revolving around tight budget constraints, the value of real estate and gold, and the class barriers created by wealth differentials. A bright and vivacious heroine sweetens the pot to make Twenty Gold Falcons a highly satisfying read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald T. Roseborough VINE VOICE on May 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Do you like a good mystery? Would you like to search for gold coins? Aiden Farmer, is a young girl who's life is turned upside down after the unexpected death of her father. Aiden and her mother must give up their life on the farm and return to the city,to find work and to live with her mother's brother, who is an opera singer. Aiden feels totally out of place and thinks only of finding a way to return to her friends and life on the farm. When she hears of the lost twenty gold falcons hidden in the Ingle Building, where her uncle performs, she determines to find them and return to the farm. Along the trail of the missing coins, she finds new friends, new hopes and new family. As well as a better understanding of what things are truly important in life. A well told tale, that all ages will enjoy. Also try The Gorillas of Gill Park
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Stiles on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Aiden Farmer misses her farm. When her father dies, her mother moves them to the city of Gloria and puts the farm up for sale. Aiden doesn't feel like she fits in at the private school she must attend. The kids and even her teacher call her "farmer girl" instead of her name. She and her mother are staying in the tiny apartment of her famous opera uncle Tony Balboni. Throughout this book she meets Liesl, a strange adopted cousin, makes friends with Adam, meets charles the mouse who loves opera, befriends Rosie and her siblings who operate the elevators in the Ingle building, and stumbles upon the biggest mystery of her life. When Aiden hears a story about 20 gold falcons hidden in the Ingle building she dismisses it. That is until the bank has decided to accept them again and they become valuable. Stumbling upon several clues she decides to hunt for the hidden gold and in doing so uncovers several other mysteries.

I read this book straight through. It was so good. The characters were so believable I felt like I was in the story with them hunting for the gold. Amy Gordon is a master story teller. She drew her characters so well that you could not help but dislike Marissa and Quentin. You felt the evil exuding from Grip. You wanted to sit in the elevator with Rosie and listen for hours to her tell the stories of the old building. This was my first book by Amy Gordon but will definitely not be my last. I can't wait for my students to get their hand on this and her other books. We need more books like this that keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Format: Paperback
I read this one first and then read the Gorillas of Gill Park and Return to Gill Park. It would be more fun to read this one last. The characters in these books are fun and memorable so it is great there are three books with them! This one is very adventurous and a fun treasure hunt. And it has a wonderful ending!
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