Sarah's Search for Treasure

Sarah's Search for Treasure

by Bertha Schwartz

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ISBN-13: 9781620208090
Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Series: The Searchers
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.

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Children’s and YA author of The Enslaved Series - Katie Clark

“A heartwarming and adventurous tale, Sarah’s Search for Treasure is sure to bring a smile to young readers, or readers who are young at heart. I connected immediately with the spunky and brave Sarah, as well as the resilience of her whole gang as they learned to fend for themselves in a new and changing world. Sarah’s Search for Treasure was a delight!”

From the Publisher

“A heartwarming and adventurous tale, Sarah’s Search for Treasure is sure to bring a smile to young readers, or readers who are young at heart. I connected immediately with the spunky and brave Sarah, as well as the resilience of her whole gang as they learned to fend for themselves in a new and changing world. Sarah’s Search for Treasure was a delight!”
—Katie Clark
Children’s and YA author of The Enslaved Series

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Sarah's Search for Treasure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
PianoLady831 6 months ago
Sarah’s Search for Treasure concludes an excellent faith-based adventure series for middle grade readers, one that not only entertains, but provides opportunities for discussion and the learning of important life lessons. Each story covers different historical elements of the 1800s and would work well for personal reading or in an educational setting. Sarah’s Search for Treasure focuses on California’s Gold Rush years and its impact on Sarah and her family – a wife and five children left behind while the father and oldest son are gone for eight months in their quest for gold. There’s danger and adventure, with some hard topics lightly touched upon – such as alcohol, thievery, lying, prostitution. I loved the focus on the home front during this time, especially the humorous situation of neighbors leaving their animals with Sarah’s family as they left. Fourteen-year-old Sarah steps up to the responsibility placed on her and is simply delightful in her diligence, courage and creativity. This story gives a good glimpse at human nature regarding wealth, a situation that brings out both good and bad characteristics. Faith is woven throughout, with some inspirational life changes along the way – and most importantly, the realization of what true treasure is. Recommended to middle-grade readers and their families. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Laundry_Whispers 6 months ago
I’ve become attached to this series. It took me a minute in the beginning to get to the middle grade mindset. It’s been too many minutes since I had minions to sit down and review with. It shows in my show grind to switch gears. I also found the enigma of the author to be it’s own little intrigue. As an avid reader of Amish fiction I was taken in by the idea of an Amish author. To engage in something so very public-minded and the balance that must entail for her. I’m so happy she has taken this path however, as her words have so much to offer to our children as they mature and learn. I’ve also picked up somewhere in my researching that there is plans for more books. I’m seriously in favor of that coming to fruition. I adored Sarah and her family. Girl has got gumption and a good head on her shoulders. She is not afraid to go after what she envisions for herself and is heartfelt in her logic. Mind you, the Searchers Series, is not without it’s own moments that need a boost and Sarah is no different. She’s just a bit too much. She’s too perfectly quick with her ideas and her wit. You don’t really see her struggle and have to work through those things she just instinctively knows how to move forward. She even puts her mother in a lesser light to some degree in that Ma just seems to follow whatever Sarah plots. I’m not sure that that is the overall message we want to send to our kids. Especially when they are making decisions, or could make decisions, that might not be the safest course of action – like inviting in all the strangers (all of them!). I think when we give our children unrealistic heroes we are setting them up to struggle when they can’t being to mirror that. Timing, specifically the passage of time, is a frustration with this book as well. There doesn’t seem to be a clear definition of time throughout the pages until the very end. I feel like the marking of time with seasons, or even holidays, would have helped to delineate this out better so that it didn’t feel so abrupt. Back to unrealistic heroes for a moment however. Yes, Sarah isn’t necessarily the hero I want to give to Moo Moo, only because she is too quick and too perfect and truly lacks struggle; but she’s not all wrong either. Sarah is also a young lady that trusts her instincts, uses what she knows to better life for everyone who crosses her path, and is willing to take whatever task comes across her path. Those are all characteristics I want for Moo to emulate. Bells, through in Munch and Goobie and even Squirt when she’s old enough. It’s a trait that even the boys can advantage from as well. With a little more balance and a realistic expression of the struggle that being that person I think the better example we can provide for our children. I don’t want to ever discourage any of the Minions from really reaching for everything they can. The flip side is I don’t ever want to set the expectation that what we do reach for takes work. And setbacks. And redos. And that it’s always worth it for the right goals. Sarah found what she never really went looking for, right in her own backyard. I want that for my Minions. I want that for all the children around me. Here’s to hoping that there will be more Searchers. More role models. More opportunities for our children to learn and grow with knowledge and faith. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Just Read. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opi
GratefulGrandma 7 months ago
This story takes place during the California Gold Rush. So many men left their home and families behind in the quest to get rich quick. In this story, Sarah, her mother and 5 siblings are left to fend for themselves when her father and older brother leave for a week to find gold. It is another 8 months before she sees them again. With faith, prayer, ingenuity and some wonderful people who help her, Sarah is not only able to survive the Gold Rush, but prosper as well as keep her family and values intact. I enjoyed this story of a family left behind. I know that all families did not survive like this one did, but as a middle grade story, it gave a glimpse into the evils (thievery, alcohol, murder, prostitution) without the story centering on that side. The story shows the strength and ingenuity of this family, particularly Sarah and her mother, to not only survive but thrive. I liked the way the family stuck together and shared the burdens and the work, even making it fun at times. Some of the strangers that came to the farm became an extended family and helped, especially keeping the miners civil and settling down arguments and fights that easily could have become violent. The story line of the characters who realized that they had lost their way and needed to come back to Christ were not over powering, but an important part of the story nonetheless. Seeing families reunited, violent men come to Christ and Sarah realizing that she is a strong, smart young woman made this story a winner. There are discussion questions at the back, but I don’t think it is necessary to use these to have some wonderful discussions about this story. I definitely recommend this to families who enjoy Historical Fiction and have Christian Values, or to Christian based schools. I received a copy of this book from Just Reads Publicity in exchange for an honest review. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.