The Treasure Bird

Peni R. Griffin, Author, Toby Gowing, Illustrator Margaret K. McElderry Books $14 (136p) ISBN 978-0-689-50554-6
Jessy has more than her share of troubles: her stutter makes her self-conscious and she hates her mother for running off to join a cult. On the positive side, Jessy's new stepmother is nice and the family has just inherited a house in Texas. But financial worries come to the fore this summer: taxes are due on the house and neither parent has yet found a job. So Jessy, with help from her stepbrother, Matt, and a parrot named Goldie, works on the mystery of the missing old coins often mentioned by Great-Uncle Matthew. This quiet family story touches upon a handful of ``problems'' without settling on a central issue--a diversity that agreeably sets this novel apart from straightforward genre fiction. Griffin ( Otto from Otherwhere ) writes in an engagingly forthright style; and while Jessy may not shine quite as brightly as some other YA fiction stars, readers will enjoy her low-key success. Ages 9-12. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/28/1992
Release date: 10/01/1992
Paperback - 144 pages - 978-0-14-036653-2
Prebound-Sewn - 136 pages - 978-0-606-06824-6
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