Seed Savers By S. Smith

10 Sep

Seed Savers

By S. Smith

232 pages – ages 9+

Published by Sandra L. Smith on April 17, 2012

One day, Clare brought back these things called seeds to her brother, Dante, and her best friend, Lily. She got them from Ana, a friend from church. Ana starts to teach them fruits, and vegetables, and what seeds do. They soon learn that saving seeds and growing your own food is illegal in the U.S.A. The only food allowed is the kinds you get from Stores. They decide to secretly become Seed Savers with the help of Ana. When the government finds out what Clare and Dante are doing, the kids flee to Canada with the help of other Seed Savers across the country. They think growing food in Canada is legal because it isn’t part of the US. Can the kids get to Canada before they get caught by the government??

This was an interesting book. I like dystopian books where something “wrong/bad” has happened. In this book, it’s an evil government that wants to control the food of their country. “Seed Savers” was really good. I like the character of Clare. She was really smart. Dante seemed like he should be 14 or 15 not seven, but he was still a good character. I think the cover art is cool. This was a good reading level for me. The story was involved and it read well. The plot was pretty unique. I like how the setting seemed to be some-what in the future. I also liked reading about the types of food they have (like “Sweeties”). I recommend this book to kids 9+.

I give a unique-read, Seed Savers, four out of five book worms!

To learn more about S. Smith please visit her website by clicking  HERE.

36 Responses to “Seed Savers By S. Smith”

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill September 10, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    I like the cover too – really nice! – and it sounds like a very interesting premise for a book! Thanks for sharing it 🙂


  2. Jarm Del Boccio September 10, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Good review, Erik…this topic is not too far from the truth! I love a good mystery…


  3. Angela Brown September 10, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    A dystopian for a younger age group. Sounds quite interesting. Thanks for mentioning this novel.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 11, 2012 at 6:53 am #

      It is a great novel for younger kids. I think you would like it Ms. Brown! 🙂


  4. Kirsten Larson September 10, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    I have to admit that the last dystopian novel I read was probably George Orwell’s 1984. This does have an interesting premise though.


  5. authorssmith September 10, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Thanks for the review, Erik!


  6. Joanna September 10, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Oh, I have read very few middle grade dystopian books and I just love the government’s threat in this one. I will put this one on my TBR list, Erik.


  7. Renee C. September 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Escaping to Canada?! Love that! 😉 What an interesting premise – and rather a bit too close to reality. Great review Erik!


  8. julie rowan zoch September 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Great review, and kinda scary since the theme is so real. You might be interested in this organization:


  9. ontheplumtree September 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Saving seed is essential if we are to prevent even worse famine across the world. What an important lesson, Erik. It is great that you are recommending this book.


  10. Patricia Tilton September 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Great review Erik. Think I should look this one up.


  11. Michelle Isenhoff September 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    I’m a big gardener, and I have heard real concerns about the possible regulating of seeds, so this does have a scary realness to it. Besides the Giver trilogy by Lois Lowry, I haven’t read any other MG dystopian novels. May have to look this one up.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 11, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      It’s weird, I never thought that something in a fiction book would actually happen… A bunch of people commenting said that it is close to some things that may be happening now. I really liked the book, I think you may too 🙂


  12. KidLitReviews September 11, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Good review Erik. What if it is also illegal in Canada? Where will the kids go? This must be book two. Now, I am curious.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      That’s a great question! The Seed Savers is supposed to be a series, but I don’t know when the next book comes out. I think you’d like this story!


  13. Anonymous September 12, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    Good morning, Erik
    Just want to invite you to stop by my blog a moment…


  14. Myra GB September 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    One of the things I love about dystopian books is that it makes us appreciate the world as it is today, reminding us that it is not too late to change our ways. Thanks for telling us about this book, dear Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 14, 2012 at 6:41 am #

      My mom and I were talking about how books like this will give “warnings” about what can happen. Thanks for your comment!



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