Smith, S. Seed Savers: Treasure (Volume 1)

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Seed Savers: Treasure (Volume 1)

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9780615630069: Seed Savers: Treasure (Volume 1)

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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 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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In a future where growing your own food is against the law, three young friends risk their safety by studying the illegal subject of gardening. The children's mentor, an elderly acquaintance named Ana, entices the children with her description of the food she knew as a child--food unlike the square, processed, packaged food they have always known. Constantly watching, however, is GRIM, the government agency that controls the nation's food source and keeps in check all potential troublemakers.

When Clare and Dante return home one day to find their tomato plant seized, and their mother jailed, they bolt, leaving behind Lily and Ana. 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?

Seed Savers:Treasure is book 1 in the Seed Savers Series.
Book 2, Lily is available now. Book 3, Heirloom coming this fall.

From the Author:

Seed Savers isn't your typical bleak, violent dystopia. Think Little House on the Prairie or Anne of Green Gables meets The Giver or Fahrenheit 451; this is why it's totally appropriate for kids as young as nine (or possibly younger). The stories take place in a not-too-distant future where gardening is illegal, corporations own the seeds, and real food is no longer available. Three children are on a quest to learn about gardening and make a change back to the old ways. 
The idea for  Seed Savers  came to me while I was watching the documentary  Food, Inc.  In it, a man whose occupation was a seed cleaner was being sued by Monsanto. The narrator gave statistics on how few seed cleaners still existed in America. I thought, "Wow, I've never even heard of 'seed cleaner' as an occupation." One thought led to another, and soon I was imagining a time when someone might not know what  a seed  was...  Seed Savers  was born.

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