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Treasure Audiobook

Treasure: Seed Savers, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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 12-year-old Clare's world, blueberry is just a flavor and apples are found only in fairy tales.

Then one day Clare meets Ana, an older woman who teaches her about seeds and real food. 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.

©2012 Sandra L. Smith (P)2017 Sandra L. Smith

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    "Please read and pay attention"

    I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review. Excellent story all around it does give you moments of thought important especially for young readers. We need diversity and genetic engineering is a big concern now a days. Ms. Farmer's narration is excellent right on the money, perfect for the storyline

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    D. J. Duran Texas 05-31-17
    D. J. Duran Texas 05-31-17

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    "Wonderful!"
    Where does Treasure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to a variety of narrators. I truly enjoyed listening to the narrator Julia Farmer.<br/>My Mother always had beautiful gardens. I enjoyed this story so much that I went on and bought the rest in the series. I recommend this book for all ages. I was given the audio copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The determination of the children and that they made prayer a part of their day.


    What about Julia Farmer’s performance did you like?

    She brought everything to real life.


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    ecocat 05-31-17
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    "A Story about Nutritious & Healthy Foods"

    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 tomatoes, carrots, peaches, and so many produces. They even learned to grow them. When their mother is arrested by the police on the discovery of the plants, Claire and Dante fled to the "Garden State" (New Jersey) with the help of the underground known as "Seed Saver".

    The narrator, Julia Farmer does a wonderful job for the children's voices. The listeners are able to make a distinction between the children and adult's voices. I hope the original narrator continues for the rest of the Seed Saver series.

    This story is educational and a perfect tool to teach young children the value of nutrition of healthy eating.

    I was given this audiobook by the author and I have volunteered to write an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.

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    Tammy 05-28-17
    Tammy 05-28-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "marvelous dystopian story"

    I was gifted this audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator.
    S Smith author of Treasure:Seed Savers Bk1 did an outstanding job writing this marvelous dystopian story.
    In a world in which real food has become replaced with squares of processed foods and it is illegal to grow plants.
    The book was made even better with the narration done by Julia Farmer. Julia outdid herself with this 4 hour book.
    I highly recommend this audio book to anyone who loves a good book. I know it's rated for pree teens but I feel anyone could listen to it.

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    Betababe 05-06-17
    Betababe 05-06-17
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    "Soylent Green Meets The Resistance"

    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.

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    Julie 07-14-17
    Julie 07-14-17 Member Since 2016

    Being able to listen to books has opened up a whole new world for me. I'm a busy mom. Listening to books makes housework much more plesent.

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    "Left me wanting more"

    This is a great book for kids. I love how it brings back the importance of eating healthy fresh food, and does it in an entertaining way. I love to garden and am trying to pass the love on to my kids. I will definitely be recommending this book to them. I look forward to the next book. I wasn't ready for the book to end when it did.
    I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review threw Audiobook boom.

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    Myztikal On the Edge of Glory 06-20-17
    Myztikal On the Edge of Glory 06-20-17

    Audiobooks are a gal's best friend :)

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    "Ever read a book and didn't have an opinion?"

    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 copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    Julie NJ United States 06-15-17
    Julie NJ United States 06-15-17

    Scifi, mystery, thrillers - all welcome here.

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    "MG Dystopia"

    Summary: Two siblings, Dante and Claire, go on a journey to find a place where they can be safe from an overbearing government, a place where people can grow real food without fear.

    Additional Comments:
    - The premise – that genetically altered, government sanctioned plants and processes have taken over America – is well-handled but still not very believable. The idea that all knowledge of gardening and farming is pretty much gone from the world except for some books and a few brave souls, is hard to accept, especially given the ending. I believe the part where the gov’t wants to control everything, but I just don’t buy that these kids have 0 knowledge of things like apple trees and chickens. The internet would have to be completely gone. It’s been renamed the monitor, so it’s still there.
    - Claire and Dante are believable.
    - Dialogue’s good.
    - Plot’s okay. It’s a little slow for my tastes, but that could be because of the recent stuff I’ve been listening to.
    - I don’t get much of a sense of danger or fear for the young travelers. It unfolds like that “Everything is Awesome” song from the Lego movie. By extension, that means it will be exactly what some people are looking for, but just wasn’t “my thing.”

    Conclusion: An intriguing look at a future where processing food has reached uncharted heights.
    *I received a copy of the audiobook. I chose to review it.

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    Brian 05-29-17
    Brian 05-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "If you're looking for your next favorite series, here it is!"

    Treasure is the first book in the Seed Savers series by S. Smith. I listened to it with my kids and we were quickly hooked. The story is set in a not too distant time where food is distilled in to categories of prepackaged edibles controlled by the government and people have lost the knowledge about where real food comes from. Well almost everyone. A few old-timers are sharing their knowledge about gardening and how to grow real food with some interested and endearing kids. When the kids learn about what's been going on with the food supply and how it used to be so different, they are determined to do something about it. They jump on their bikes and set off on a harrowing yet exciting journey that you will definitely want to be along for the ride!

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    Karen M. 05-28-17
    Karen M. 05-28-17
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    "Great Listen"
    Any additional comments?

    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 plants. When a tomato plant is discovered, Clara's mother is arrested and Clara and Dante flee.

    Treasure: Seed Savers can be enjoyed by people of all ages, not just the young. There was an educational aspect but it is also a cautionary tale about the future of our food production. There already exists much controversy regarding GMO's and many are opposed to their use. I really enjoyed listening to Treasure: Seed Savers and the narration was well done, each character having a distinct voice. I would recommend this.

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.

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