Twenty Gold Falcons

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Eleven-year-old Aidan and her friends aren't the only ones hot on the trail of gold stashed in a mysterious old building.

Aidan hates moving to the city with her mother after her father dies unexpectedly. She mourns her father, misses the farm, and doesn't fit in at her snooty private school. But then she hears about the stash of valuable coins called gold falcons hidden in the Ingle Building. Her hunt unleashes a remarkable chain of events ...

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Overview

Eleven-year-old Aidan and her friends aren't the only ones hot on the trail of gold stashed in a mysterious old building.

Aidan hates moving to the city with her mother after her father dies unexpectedly. She mourns her father, misses the farm, and doesn't fit in at her snooty private school. But then she hears about the stash of valuable coins called gold falcons hidden in the Ingle Building. Her hunt unleashes a remarkable chain of events and brings her in touch with unforgettable characters, including smart-aleck elevator operators, an eccentric millionaire, and a mouse that appears to appreciate opera. This novel is filled with danger, rip-roaring fun, and countless surprises.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Here is another mystery set in the fictional city of Gloria, with some of the characters from two of Gordon's previous books, The Gorillas of Gill Park and Return to Gill Park. Middle grade readers who loved those will welcome to the city twelve-year-old Aiden Farmer, who moves from her family's farm after the death of her father. Now, she and her mother live with her uncle Tony, an opera singer. Aiden hates the city and her new private school, but life perks up when she learns that gold coins may be hidden somewhere in the Ingle Building, a huge complex containing the theater where Uncle Tony sings. As Aiden begins to make friends, meet other relatives, and uncover clues to the location of the falcon-embossed coins, the action becomes more exciting. Gordon's specialty is odd and quirky characters, mostly benign, but a few evil, like Grip, the hotel manager who hates kids. Especially beguiling are the animals: Black Jack, a knowing cat, and Charlie, a brilliant, opera-loving mouse who is bound to evoke smiles. While Aiden and her friends follow the clues, readers will explore the mysterious and sometimes dangerous interior of the Ingle Building, where Aiden discovers the reclusive Mrs. Ingle living high atop the building along with two real peregrine falcons. Finally, relatives (alive and dead) converge with friends to solve the mystery and provide an ending satisfying to all. The plot is indeed complex, especially suited to kids who enjoy puzzles, but Aiden herself is endearing enough to keep readers engaged as she works out relationships, adjusts to city life, and discovers who she is—in a literal sense. Though Aiden's adventure stands alone, those who have not read Gordon's earlier mysteries might want to check them out to clarify past events and characters. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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
Kirkus Reviews
Fans of the earlier Gill Park adventures will likely jump back into this eccentric world with enthusiasm. Newcomers may be less excited and more confused. Gordon quickly introduces her new narrator, 12-year-old Aiden Farmer, to many of the quirky souls who inhabited the first two books set in Gloria as well as to a new collection of characters. Once again, the author packs her plot with puzzles, from a long-ago scavenger hunt to the discovery of an unknown family connection and the return of a long-lost relative. Aiden must also contend with adjusting to a new school, conflicts with a stuck-up classmate and grief at the recent death of her father. Not to mention sharing an apartment with an opera-singer uncle who's struggling with his voice, becoming caught up in the lives of an extended family of elevator operators and becoming friends with a cousin who lives in a treehouse. And more. Admirers of busy, fanciful, timeless tales will embrace this while other readers are likely to find it chaotic, unlikely and dated in tone and style. (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823426560
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 783,223
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    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.

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