In today’s worries over climate change and genetically modified foods, this book is very appropriate. Set in the near future, all home gardening is classified as illegal and food seems to come in some kind of pill form or chewable tablet at least. Everything edible is known as a sweetie, snack, protein or veggie and they are all square or round. Children think all food originates in the store.
When Clare, her brother Dante and their friend Lila meet an old lady named Ana who becomes their tutor and teaches them about seeds and gardening, a whole new world opens up to them. But when Clare’s mother is arrested for an illegal tomato plant found in their home, Dante and Clare take off in hopes of finding a place where growing food is not illegal.
Fleeing north towards Canada tests them mentally, physically and spiritually. With only their backpacks, a few provisions and their wits, they need to be especially careful of who they talk to as the authorities are looking for two runaways.
There are several twists and turns in this novel that adds some moderate suspenseful moments, but nothing too extreme for the middle-grade age category. It is an excellent adventure shared by two siblings.
I liked the educational aspect of Treasure. A lot of information about seeds and how plants grow from seeds was given. I found it quite interesting that most of that information can actually be found in the bible.
I liked the characters of Clare and Dante. I found them to be very endearing and courageous. I did think it was a little bit strange that they were willing to leave their mother behind and run away in order to find a place where they could grow food at their young ages of about 12 and 7, but depending on how much society has changed by then, perhaps it is possible that this was important enough to them.
I enjoyed Treasure. I think it’s quite a suitable book for any middle-grade child. I gave the book 4 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
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