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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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real food is a thing of the past

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 that could become a reality at some point. The book is targeted at a young audience since the main characters are seven and twelve. The story is interesting and I think kids could really enjoy it.

Unfortunately, there is little world-building, which makes the book a bit flat. We know what people eat, and that big corporations control the seeds market, but there are no more details about the cities or the society. I understand that being this a book for children, Smith didn't see the need of going into much detail, but I think even young readers like to know the world in which the action occurs. Trains still exist, but we know nothing about buildings, cars, pollution, clothes, gadgets, etc. I think including a little bit more information would have been a cool detail that children would appreciate.

Another big issue I found is that there is quite some religion in this book. The fact that seeds were mentioned in the Bible, and the fact that this is used to teach the children is a good idea, and I don't mind that. But there is progressively more and more religion in the book. One of the main characters prays in many occasions for things to get better, and it is also mentioned that things happen for some reason. I just hate indoctrination, and while I respect religious people, I disagree about many things. Praying doesn't make things to happen, acting does, and sometimes things just don't happen. Also, affirming that things happen for a reason can help some people to cope with events, but this doesn't make it more real, and I think it's important for children to know this. Growing is about assuming responsibilities, not thinking that something bigger will save you if you pray very hard.

It surprised me a bit that there was not a lot about the health benefits of eating real food. If there is something in me believing that the situation in this book will not happen is the increasing amount of people trying to eat healthy to avoid illness. Unfortunately, there are nowadays a lot of ailments, many of the immune disorders, resulting from a poor diet and especially processed foods. This is one of the key factors for which I think we will resist and not fall into the destiny described in this book.

Julia Farmer delivered a good narration, putting the right amount of emotion and expression when interpreting the characters. Her children's voices were great. The only drawback is that sometimes both siblings sounded the same, which was a bit confusing.

It was an okay book, but I would only recommend it to children in religious families. There is just too much religion for other audiences.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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

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

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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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!