Treasure

Treasure Two kids two bikes and an idea they can change their world It s There s no apocalypse but some things are different Things like the weather the internet and food In twelve year old Clare s w

  • Title: Treasure
  • Author: S.Smith
  • ISBN: 9781301775507
  • Page: 440
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 tTwo 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, processed, packaged food she has always known Under Ana s tutelage, 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.

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    1. The entire concept of the Seed Savers series is a bit chilling, primarily because, as the publisher's blurb states, it paints a future we can easily see coming our way. But the story itself is not edge-of-the-seat frightening, and would be suitable for most children of 9-12. Clare is a likable heroine, and if she and her little brother get along a bit unbelievably well, they have good reason to stick together, especially once they are on the run. I found the beginning of the story a little slow. [...]

    2. 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 com [...]

    3. In a not too distant future, gardening and growing your own food has become illegal. Real food has been replaced by "carbs", "proteins", "sweets" and "snacks" and come in either square or round packages. The food is nutrient poor and unhealthy. Children know nothing of seeds or that food actually comes from plants. Twelve year old Clara meets an older woman named Anna, a "seed saver". Clara, her brother Dante and their friend Lily are educated by Anna about seeds and risk growing their own plant [...]

    4. I just finished listening to this marvelous dystopian story of a world in which real food has become replaced with squares of processed foods and it is illegal to grow plants. Not quite Soylent Green but GMO has taken over.Although the target audience is listed as 9-12, this excellent cautionary tale should be read by anyone concerned about the future of fresh food; but for kids it is a great adventure with the hidden agenda of teaching about plants and fruits and even a bit of geography.

    5. Treasure by S. smith was a great Read. The year is 2077 and the world is much different than we know today. Food is not like we know today and a young girl named Clare finds seed savers. Although it's against the law to grow your own food, Clare decides to. I really enjoyed this book

    6. This is a Middle Grade SciFi book about gardening. Actually it is about escape from totalitarian regimes and a return to fresh food and freedom of choice to grow it, but on the surface it is just about 12 year old Clare, her seven year old brother Dante and their friends Lily (same age as Clare) and Ana, who is substantially older – kind of my age. Their adventure is about growing food – in secret.Seed Savers is what I believe in. In S Smith’s world, food choice has long gone, since the co [...]

    7. S. Smith in her new book, “Treasure” Book One in the Seed Savers series published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform gives us a fast-paced future thriller.From the back cover: 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. Treasure is an inspiring middle grade novel that takes readers on a journey into the future where fresh foods are nonexistent and people survive on packaged processed food. However, there are those who remember the past and make it their mission to ensure it's not forgotten, they are part of a secret group known as The Seed Savers. Their work is dangerous, but if they succeed children can once again experience the delicious tastes and healthy benefits of homegrown unprocessed food.When Clare, Da [...]

    10. **A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**This is going to be a difficult review to write, because while I noticed some flaws in the book, it was a quick, fun read. I'll start with what I liked. First, I think that this would be a nice dystopian for someone who would like to read something from this genre, but wants a tamer, non-violent story. The dystopian society is lighter than many of the societies in other dystopian books; it's not too differen [...]

    11. 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 t [...]

    12. (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).(This review may contain spoilers).This was a book that reminded me of books I used to read as a child. Even though I read a lot of grown-up books then, I enjoyed reading books aimed at my own age as well and they still have a special place in my heart.I really liked the concept behind this book, especially since it's something I could easily see developing in reality. I especially liked the use of the Bible as a learning tool and th [...]

    13. One day, Clare brought back these things called seeds to her brother, Dante, and her best friend, Lily. She got them from Ana, a friend from church. Ana starts to teach them fruits, and vegetables, and what seeds do. They soon learn that saving seeds and growing your own food is illegal in the U.S.A. The only food allowed is the kinds you get from Stores. They decide to secretly become Seed Savers with the help of Ana. When the government finds out what Clare and Dante are doing, the kids flee t [...]

    14. I received this book free in return for an honest review.The GoodThis was very fast read. In fact, I finished it in one afternoon, which, imho, means this would be the perfect length for younger readers. I also loved that the kids in the story weren't dumbed down, but neither were they "gritty." The use of scripture in the story was spare enough to feel necessary, yet used often enough to mark the book as Christian. Along with that is level of teaching. I feel that any young person who picks thi [...]

    15. Recently some writer friends of mine were discussing the fact that often children nowadays do not know where their food comes from. Panicked, I asked my 5 year old where a few items of food came from, and he answered correctly, however my 4 year old thought that milk came from the supermarket and that they made carrots there!Just goes to show how lucky we are to be able to just buy our food, washed, prepared and ready to cook and eat. Claire, Dante and Lily however live in a world where their fo [...]

    16. Well written with a story that could actually be true someday in this crazy crazy world. This story also has plenty of lessons to be learned while reading. The Seed Savers are a group of people that refuse to let farming go the way of the wind. They do not want over processed flavorless items that people now call food. It takes the courage of a girl and her little brother to take on the world of the seed savers and start showing some need for such things. Where will it take them and will they ge [...]

    17. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and its slight twist on the typical dystopian novel. The writing style was engaging and I felt as though the characters were developed as the storyline was, at a reasonable pace. I would definitely recommend.

    18. I really enjoyed getting to learn what life would be like if we didn't have fruits or vegetables of any kind. It was so shocking to find out about GRIM and the food police. It also makes me appreciate fresh fruits and vegetables that much more.

    19. This is a brilliant piece of young adult dystopian society fiction! I loved it. Lois Lowry, watch out! The Giver has some competition - finally. anakalianwhims.wordpress/2

    20. I thought this was a very interesting book, like if 1984 had been aimed at a younger audience. I am excited to read the rest of the books in the series.

    21. My original audiobookreviewer/reviews/treasure-seed-savers-book-1-s-smith/ audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.In a world where seeds have become a monopoly, and where real food is a thing of the past, some people are trying to go back to the old ways. But they have to be careful and act in secret, because these actions are illegal, and the big corporations are always alert.The premises of this dystopian story were really good, especially because it is something t [...]

    22. n 2077, Clare is living her life as normal. She is as happy with her life and her family and friend as any normal twelve-year-old girl would be. Then she meets an elderly lady who tells her about a truth that many people are kept in the dark on. There was a time when food was not genetically modified. What's even more shocking is it's believed that that time could happen again. I didn't give this a five-star rating because I feel like it had a lot of potential that just wasn't met. I really did [...]

    23. Treasure is a wonderful educational story of learning about healthy food and where they came from. In a distant future, Claire and Dante have lived on processed foods labeled as carbs, protein, sweet, and snack. There are no such things as real foods to the disadvantaged and poor. Every food products are man-made and regulated by the government and corporations. Growing fruits and vegetables are illegal.When Claire and Dante are tutored by an old woman, Ana, they learned about real food such as [...]

    24. Julia Farmer is brilliant as a children's book narrator. For the most part, this is more of a MG book than a YA. A subtle and innocent dystopian book. Interesting, but not gripping or attention hunger. And if I had a penny for every time "seed" was spoken. better yet- this book would half the length if you removed the word. To this, I think a good editing or brainstorming to alter it could significantly increase its appeal. A very quick listen and easy to follow. I was given this free review cop [...]

    25. SynopsisRunning into an old woman at church, Ana and her little group find out secrets about their world that many have tried to cover up: seeds. Even more so, they learn that all our food once came from them. The only problem now is the government wants to keep it that way.ProseOverall, the writing wasn't poor. There were a few good lines in there with the occasional botched simile or two. One in particular compared something to a lazy cat and I’m still unsure what the author meant by it. But [...]

    26. "Ana thought about the children. She knew she was putting them in danger by giving them seeds and teaching them, but what kind of future was she passing on if she didn't share her knowledge and her seeds?"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 th [...]

    27. DESCRIPTION: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, processed, packaged food she has always [...]

    28. In a not-too-distant future, gardening is outlawed, and seed savers have gone underground in an attempt to preserve precious seeds for the day when the bans might be lifted. An old woman, Ana, fearing her secrets might die with her, trusts some knowledge and seeds to three young children: Clare and Lily, age 12, and Clare’s little brother Dante.The children accept public after-school tutoring from Ana, but she teaches them more about seeds than about Math. They secretly plant a few seeds in Cl [...]

    29. So I won this book in the First Reads giveaway. It was the first book I had won and so I started reading it right away. It took me a little while to get through though. The story is slow, there is a lot of "learning" about plants for most of the book. The story is also very anti-climactic. I was expecting something major to happen, but it never did.I did not like that the children seemed way too intelligent for their age. I don't know if it's because this story is based in the future or not but [...]

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