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Will the children succeed in their quest to learn about gardening, and find a place of food freedom? And can they, only children, help change the world?
Seed Savers:Treasure (Book 1 in the Seed Savers Series) is the 2013 YA Runner-up at the Green Book Festival.
Book 2, Lily, is available now.
Book 3, Heirloom, coming this fall.
Posted September 11, 2014
(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 the whole idea of Seed Savers.
I found the three main characters really easy to empathise with and I felt that their attitudes and actions really fit with their ages, as well as what they could do.
Probably unsurprisingly, I also really liked the religious aspects and use of prayer through this book. I also particularly liked the sense of community the Seed Savers had and how they helped the other characters.
It was really interesting to see seeds and their properties explained to the children, even if I felt that there were a couple of contradictory parts and that not all of the build-up was fully explored. Although there was quite a lot of explanation going on, I liked how it was handled and felt that the action later on worked really well.
I do have the next two books on my Kindle and definitely intend to read them soon. If you like this kind of genre, I think this is worth reading. It's written fairly simply, but it's a nice, easy read where the characters have true relationships and faith.
Posted November 26, 2013
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?
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**
Posted October 1, 2013
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.
Posted September 4, 2013
I received this book free in return for an honest review.
This 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 this book up will naturally pick up on the wonder of growing food.
While the level of teaching is high in this book, there were a few places where the story was bogged
own by information overload. However, those were few and did not make me want to put the book down
and walk away.
Seed Savers: Treasure by S. Smith was a wonderful read that I plan to share with my science-loving,
question-asking daughter and would highly recommend to other parents.
Posted September 22, 2012
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 to Canada with the help of other Seed Savers across the country. They think growing food in Canada is legal because it isn't part of the US. Can the kids get to Canada before they get caught by the government??
This was an interesting book. I like dystopian books where something "wrong/bad" has happened. In this book, it's an evil government that wants to control the food of their country. "Seed Savers" was really good. I like the character of Clare. She was really smart. Dante seemed like he should be 14 or 15 not seven, but he was still a good character. I think the cover art is cool. This was a good reading level for me. The story was involved and it read well. The plot was pretty unique. I like how the setting seemed to be some-what in the future. I also liked reading about the types of food they have (like "Sweeties"). I recommend this book to kids 9+.
NOTE - I got a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review