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Treasure (Seed Savers Book 1) by [Smith, S.]
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"An engaging read of another reality ... this book is a stunning effort, and a great YA/children's book." - The Kindle Book Review "A creative, engaging, well written book series, that is filled with action, and a lot of truth as it touches the very real issue of preserving seeds from Greedy Corporate Seed Monopoly and understanding the importance of knowing how to grow our own healthy food. This book series is AWESOME!!!!!"- Rachel Parent, Teen Founder of Kids Right to Know "An older children's story that is skillfully written in a way to show the symbolism of gardening, seeds, and a future that we can all learn from today." - UP Authors "This series fills the void for younger-audience dystopians." - Book Lover, Goodreads Librarian "I haven't been this in love with a young adult series since Harry Potter. I haven't been this in love with an individual young adult book since Lois Lowry's The Giver... 221 pages of exciting young adult goodness! I devoured it, and it was delicious." - Anakalian Whims "It's fast moving and interesting, with a zippy and action-filled plot. There's also a lot of good information presented in a clear and nonpreachy fashion. It's a great way to open up discussions with your kids, and you'll come away learning something, too." - Willamette Woman Magazine "In this future, dystopian world, there is no need to worry about post-apocalyptic warfare and violence. The problem is much more subtle in this original and clever story." - Mother Daughter Book Reviews "Everyone should read this book. Especially if they aren't sure how the food in their stores comes to be there." - Jemima Pett, author of The Princelings of the East Series

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Two kids, two bikes, and an idea they can change their world.

It's 2077. There's no apocalypse, but some things are different. Things like the weather, the internet, and food. In twelve-year-old Clare's world, blueberry is just a flavor and apples are found only in fairy tales.

Then one day Clare meets an old woman who teaches her about seeds and real food. The woman (Ana) tempts Clare with the notion that food exists other than the square, packaged food she has always known. With Ana's guidance, Clare and her friends learn about seeds and gardening despite suspicions that such actions are illegal.

When the authorities discover the children's forbidden tomato plant and arrest their mother, Clare and her brother flee. Clare has heard of a place called "The Garden State," and with their bikes, a little money, and backpacks, the children begin a lonely cross-country journey that tests them both physically and spiritually. Will they succeed in their quest to find a place of food freedom? And can they, only children, help change the world?

Treasure is a gentle dystopian, frightening only is the possibility that we may not be far from the future it paints. First in a five book series.

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  • Print Length: 210 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FRCAEY
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Claire (12) and Dante (7) are a sister and brother duo who live in a futuristic society where gardening is prohibited. The Green Resource Investigation Machine (GRIM) is the corporation in charge of policing the distribution and use of seeds. In fact, GRIM has been so effective in its job that even the language around seeds, planting, and gardening has been erased from the collective memory of society. In this society, nutrients and vitamins are distributed in tablet form instead, creating a complete disconnect between food and their point of origin.

There exists an underground movement known as the “Seed Savers” who are intent on keeping the knowledge alive and who collect and protect seeds from various vegetables and fruits. Claire, Dante, and their friend Lily meet Ana, a seed saver, who secretly teaches them about gardening and who gives them a few precious seeds. But when GRIM discovers their ruse, they confiscate their plants, imprison their mother, and the children flee, undertaking a dangerous cross-country trek, enlisting the help of seed savers along the way, until they reach safety in Canada(!).

I absolutely love the concept behind this book. In this future, dystopian world, there is no need to worry about post-apocalyptic warfare and violence. The problem is much more subtle in this original and clever story. Imagine a world where growing your own food is against the law! Seed Savers is an attempt to think through what would happen if people had no idea where their food comes from, the nutrients from food are only available in pills, and one corporation “owns” and controls all of the seeds. Ummm… Hello?! Do we realize how close we actually are to this reality? That’s what makes this book so brilliant.
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In today’s worries over climate change and genetically modified foods, this book is very appropriate. Set in the near future, all home gardening is classified as illegal and food seems to come in some kind of pill form or chewable tablet at least. Everything edible is known as a sweetie, snack, protein or veggie and they are all square or round. Children think all food originates in the store.

When Clare, her brother Dante and their friend Lila meet an old lady named Ana who becomes their tutor and teaches them about seeds and gardening, a whole new world opens up to them. But when Clare’s mother is arrested for an illegal tomato plant found in their home, Dante and Clare take off in hopes of finding a place where growing food is not illegal.

Fleeing north towards Canada tests them mentally, physically and spiritually. With only their backpacks, a few provisions and their wits, they need to be especially careful of who they talk to as the authorities are looking for two runaways.

There are several twists and turns in this novel that adds some moderate suspenseful moments, but nothing too extreme for the middle-grade age category. It is an excellent adventure shared by two siblings.

I liked the educational aspect of Treasure. A lot of information about seeds and how plants grow from seeds was given. I found it quite interesting that most of that information can actually be found in the bible.

I liked the characters of Clare and Dante. I found them to be very endearing and courageous.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure seekers for a new generation... Nov. 26 2013
By GMR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The three kiddos brought into this secret organization (the Seed Savers) of sorts are very brave and courageous…but as the story progresses they grow to be even more so. It’s not enough to defy the powers that be, you have to affect a change. Through their efforts, their sacrifices, their hard work and determination even at their young age, they are ushering in change. Even though this is only book 1 and there is much more to come, the simple acts and choices made here are bringing hope to those who’ve been waiting for a turn around for a very long time.

Can children change the future…you ask?
YOU BET.
The young, the old, the somewhere-in-between, we all have an impact on the world that surrounds us, but it’s up to us what that lasting impression is.

Whether you’re a big supporter of ecological causes or usually a passenger on the ride of life, this is a book with a message you can get behind. Let it empower you. Let it remind you of your own innate power. Let it encourage you to make meal time family time with a home cooked meal utilizing all the fresh goodness available to you, when the opportunity presents itself…or better still, MAKE an opportunity; life is only so long you know, gotta make it count.

A book aimed at Middle Grade readers that’s good for one and all. It does feature some scripture as Ana utilizes the “good book” to help train the kiddos up in the facts of life (nature’s abundance and what not) and as a diversion for any GRIM folks lurking about.

**review copy received in exchange for my honest review...full post can be seen on my site**
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking dystopian adventure for tweens and teens Oct. 31 2013
By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Claire (12) and Dante (7) are a sister and brother duo who live in a futuristic society where gardening is prohibited. The Green Resource Investigation Machine (GRIM) is the corporation in charge of policing the distribution and use of seeds. In fact, GRIM has been so effective in its job that even the language around seeds, planting, and gardening has been erased from the collective memory of society. In this society, nutrients and vitamins are distributed in tablet form instead, creating a complete disconnect between food and their point of origin.

There exists an underground movement known as the "Seed Savers" who are intent on keeping the knowledge alive and who collect and protect seeds from various vegetables and fruits. Claire, Dante, and their friend Lily meet Ana, a seed saver, who secretly teaches them about gardening and who gives them a few precious seeds. But when GRIM discovers their ruse, they confiscate their plants, imprison their mother, and the children flee, undertaking a dangerous cross-country trek, enlisting the help of seed savers along the way, until they reach safety in Canada(!).

I absolutely love the concept behind this book. In this future, dystopian world, there is no need to worry about post-apocalyptic warfare and violence. The problem is much more subtle in this original and clever story. Imagine a world where growing your own food is against the law! Seed Savers is an attempt to think through what would happen if people had no idea where their food comes from, the nutrients from food are only available in pills, and one corporation "owns" and controls all of the seeds. Ummm... Hello?! Do we realize how close we actually are to this reality? That's what makes this book so brilliant.

The author cleverly integrates real events (changing the names of the corporations involved) to pinpoint where the decline in society began. For example, she discusses how some fictional corporations [*cough, cough* starts with "M" and rhymes with "ponsanto" *cough, cough*] created genetically modified seeds that are drought, insect, and disease resistant but that are also "terminator seeds" (the plant does not produce seeds). Hmmm... so how does a farmer plant next year's crops? I guess they have to purchase the seeds all over again. That's a real money maker! And, then there is the issue with cross-pollination occurring with neighboring fields who do not use GMO seeds. See the problem there?

Ok, I have to say it ... This is me expressing my absolute outrage at a certain corporation being awarded the 2013 World Food Prize. The purpose of this prize is to recognize "...the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world." Grrr....

I think this story is an important one because it is quite conceivable that we are heading toward a society such as the one described in Seed Savers. I thought there was a great collection of characters with the two main characters Clare and Dante; Ana, their mysterious mentor; and the other seed savers they meet along the way. I do feel that Lily, Clare and Dante's friend, abruptly exits the story and that felt a bit awkward. The second book in the series, Seed Savers: Lily focuses on her story so perhaps this will be clarified.

One final note is that there is a religious theme woven through the story. Clare, Dane, and Lily secretly meet Ana under the guise of Bible Study and I felt that this was a convenient and believable cover story. However, there are several prayers and passages from the Bible that are quoted throughout the story. There is even one point at the very end when Clare and Dante are terrified of being caught and Dante quotes "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me." I felt that these passages from the Bible were out of place with the story and, frankly, I think the story would have flowed better without them.

My bottom line:

I loved the concept behind this story and the themes covered in this book. Seed Savers presents a frighteningly real dystopian society where gardening is forbidden and corporations control food production and distribution exclusively. I think there are important lessons contained in this story and I highly recommend this book for tweens and teens who enjoy reading the dystopian genre and who are looking for a non-violent and thought-provoking story. Ages 9+.

*** This book was provided to us free-of-charge by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. ***
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome Summer Reading June 9 2014
By JAReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm "one of those moms" who looks at a book before handing it over to be devoured by my insatiable reader. The prose was well written, without a child needing a dictionary or getting bogged down with too many peripheral details within the storyline. Another major appeal is this book is the beginning of a series.
You know that feeling when you can't start another book because you're still stuck looking for the characters in the one you just finished? Instead, you get that little lift when you realize the characters can be revisited on their next journey!
I ordered this in paperback, which makes it an easy toss-n-go for a summer bag.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Believable Alternate Reality Oct. 1 2013
By Listful Booking - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
With all of the dystopians out these days, it's hard to come across one that is different. In this story, the big issues is the fact that the government has outlawed owning seeds and planting food. There are of course those who save the seeds-the Seed Savers. This story just dives right into things and follows Clare, Dante, and Lily as they begin to learn what things used to be like. To me, there wasn't much world building as much as throwing you in there and sort of explaining as you went along. While it eventually made sense, I was confused at first.

Lily, Dante, and Clare are all children. Lily is Clare's friend and Clare is Dante's older sister. It honestly took me a second to figure that out. The story primarily follows Clare. She is the one who starts to talk to Ana, an older lady at church who introduces and teaches them about seeds. For their ages, they are pretty smart. They seem like they should be older, but on occasion they act younger then their age-especially Dante. They were likeable characters and they did not get on my nerves like some young protagonists do. I can't help but wonder when or if Lily will be back in the story soon.

I really liked Ana. While her POV detracted from the middle grade/young adult feel of the story, she was still a good character. She is one of the main driving forces in the story and I wish we knew what happens with her. I also wish we had more information about GRIM. They are definitely a pivotal part of the story, but how they were explained was somewhat vague and didn't really create a valid enemy.

A world where seeds are banned is completely (and unfortunately) conceivable. This story certainly provided an interesting outlook to what could happen. I just wish it was more consistent in tone as well as I wish the world building was done bit better. Regardless, this was enjoyable and I look forward to seeing what happens to these kids.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seed Savers: Treasure by S. Smith - a real find! Nov. 26 2015
By Ms. Gretchen Vogel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this first book of the Seed Savers series, Treasure, about a sister and brother team, Clare and Dante, and how they discover the “underground” movement of “seed savers”. Since growing one’s own food had been outlawed, the old ways of planting and growing one’s own food went underground and had to be kept secret. This was such a fascinating theme and the story made it a real page turner for sure. – I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next in the adventures of this cast of relatable characters. So I bought the next two books in the series! Thank you Author S. Smith for this amazing contribution of truth and hope for the future.