The Treasure Bird by Peni R. Griffin

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A talking parrot and the rumor of buried treasure give hope to ten-year-old Jessy and her stepbrother Matt that they can save the Texas farm they have inherited from Great-Uncle Matthew.

About Peni R. Griffin

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Peni R. Griffin is the author of numerous books for young readers, including "Switching Well," which was named an ALA Notable Book and a Best Book for Young Adults. Ms. Griffin lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Published October 31, 1992 by Margaret K. McElderry. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.

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Here, in a summer-vacation mystery (again set in San Antonio), the prattling of a parrot provides cryptic clues to be deciphered by young Jessy (who stutters so badly that she communicates largely by gestures and glances), leading to a buried treasure on her stepmother's family farm.

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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.

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