Treasure by S. Smith
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.
One day Clare meets Ana, who teaches her about seeds and real food, 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?
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Intro to Treasure Guest Post
C.S. Lewis once said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally—and often far more—worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” And so I offer you Treasure, book one of the Seed Savers series, worth reading at the age of ten and also at fifty and beyond.
Seed Savers is set in a future where gardening is against the law and real food unheard of. In Treasure, three young friends must decide what to do when they discover the truth about the “old ways” of food.
People often ask about my inspiration for writing Treasure. I usually tell them I was struck while watching the documentary Food, Inc. I cite the story of Moe Parr, occupation: seed cleaner. The narrator gives statistics on how many seed cleaners there used to be compared to how few there are today. I thought, “Seed cleaner? That’s an occupation?” Then I wondered what it would be like if someone didn’t know what a seed was. That’s the beginning of Treasure.
Really, though, there’s more to the inspiration than that. There is also the fact that I grew up on a berry farm. We always ate in season and put up our own meat, fruits, and vegetables. We got our milk from a cow named Bossie. A lot of my background is sprinkled throughout the pages of Treasure. I once told an interviewer that Seed Savers is a love story starring homegrown food.
A third prong of inspiration was that I was teaching middle school when I wrote the first book, and I’m an ESL teacher, so there’s that: the main characters range in age from seven to seventeen and are of diverse cultural backgrounds.
And finally, there are all those reports about kids who don’t know carrots grow underground or that eggs come from chickens and not the supermarket shelves. There’s the resurgence of school gardens and a call for “literacy across the curriculum.” I was inspired to write Seed Savers for all of these reasons.
A lot to pack into one little book … which is why Seed Savers soon became a series: Treasure, Lily, Heirloom, Keeper, and book five which I haven’t yet written.
If you love gardening, fresh food, or bicycle adventures, I think you will enjoy Treasure!
Clare walked faster, clutching the tiny packet to her chest. The sound of the footsteps behind kept pace. She darted down an alley she knew well—turning right, then left, then right again. Standing still, her back against the wall, she listened. The footsteps had not followed her; she had lost them.
Twenty minutes later and safe in the apartment, she met with her co-conspirators: Dante, her seven-year-old brother, and Lily, her best friend.
“I have something to show you, but you have to promise not to tell.”
Holding out her closed fist, she whispered, “What I have here will change the world.”
Dante’s eyes widened. “It’s so small.”
“It may be small now,” she told him, “but what I have in my hand will get bigger. It will grow and make more.”
“What is it?” Lily asked.
“Is it magic?” asked Dante.
She opened her hand.
“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 Book Blog
“Here’s a great piece of “juvenile” literature that doesn’t lose sight of one key fact: kids can think.”- Lit Prof, Amazon Reviewer
“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.” – Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews
S. Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can’t taste the soil on a carrot, it’s not fresh enough.
As an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, Ms. Smith has enjoyed teaching students from around the world.
Smith is a member ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors) and saves seeds for her local seed bank.
She gardens and writes at her home in the beautiful and green Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband, two children, and two cats.
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