Welcome to the website of S. Smith, author of the award-winning middle grade and YA series, Seed Savers.
Seed Savers takes place in a future where gardening and saving seeds is against the law and eating fresh produce is forgotten by a majority of the population.
In book 1, Treasure, twelve-year-olds Clare and Lily and seven-year-old Dante learn about gardening from an elderly woman who belongs to a secret society known as Seed Savers. Things go awry when GRIM, the government agency in control of the nation’s food, threatens to stop the children.
Book 2, Lily, follows what happens at home after Clare and Dante leave. Lily learns more about the history of Seed Savers and her connection to the group. She also makes new friends but isn’t always sure whom she should trust.
Book 3, Heirloom: Safe in Canada, Clare and Dante attend Garden Guardian classes while living on an apple farm with a host family. In the classes they learn about gardening and the history of U. S. food politics. Their friend Lily continues a quest to find her father, a former leader in the Seed Savers movement who was arrested and jailed before she was born. Along the journey she meets a host of interesting characters, and more surprisingly, herself.
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What Reviewers Are Saying About Seed Savers
Portland Book Review:
Heirloom is the third installment in the Seed Savers series by author S. Smith. The concept of gardening being an illegal activity in this country is an interesting one, particularly in light of the growing use of processed and genetically modified foods in our diet. The concept becomes even more intriguing when a powerful company begins to systematically eliminate real food from the palates of American citizens.
The dual storylines are both intriguing in their own ways and alternate nicely throughout the book. Lily’s story is the more exciting of the two as it involves her being on the run, learning to listen to her gut, trust her friends and learn about herself. Clare’s story also parallels Lily’s in that she learns more about herself as she learns to grow food. They also start discovering boys in a refreshingly innocent way. Both girls work to find their place in the world and in the revolution that they have chosen to participate in. The book is engaging and keeps up a nice pace. The characters are well developed and will be endearing to readers. The book unveils secrets nicely and sets up more for the next installment in the series. While it would be helpful to read the first two books prior to this one, it’s not strictly necessary. Heirloom is a satisfying dystopian novel that younger fans of sci-fi will enjoy.
Rachel Parent, teen activist and founder of Kids Right to Know:
“A creative, engaging, well written book series, that is filled with action, and a lot of truth as it touches the very real issue of preserving seeds from Greedy Corporate Seed Monopoly and understanding the importance of knowing how to grow our own healthy food. This book series is AWESOME!!!!!!!”
“An engaging read of another reality … this book is a stunning effort, and a great YA/children’s book.” - (The Kindle Book Review)
“I found the basis for this book of the book extremely fascinating. A wonderful book centered on faith, friendship, and independence, it’s also a stern warning for people to wake up and pay attention to what’s going on today with our food. I think this is probably the most plausible premise for a dystopian novel I have read yet, (the parallels between Nipungyo and Monsanto are undeniable) and got so absorbed into the story that I read it all in one sitting. Heirloom is a fantastic book written for MG/YA (though I’m an adult and thoroughly enjoyed it!). It has a lot to teach kids about being strong, the importance of friendships, and standing up for what’s right. It even teaches you a little bit about gardening (how cool is that?). If you are looking for a gripping dystopian with a twist, look no further. Highly recommended!” (Epic Book Quest.com)
“Seed Savers” was really good . . .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+. (Erik, This Kid Reviews Books)
“It’s fast moving and interesting, with a zippy and action-filled plot. There’s also a lot of good information presented in a clear and nonpreachy fashion. It’s a great way to open up discussions with your kids, and you’ll come away learning something, too.” (Willamette Woman Magazine)
“Smith has given us solid middle grade tale featuring a new (and somewhat real) futuristic threat – illegal gardening. It’s yet another great pre-cursor to students preparing to read Orwell’s 1984. Educators everywhere should be aware of this rising star in children’s literature.” (Anakalian Whims)
“Here’s a great piece of “juvenile” literature that doesn’t lose sight of one key fact: kids can think.” (LitProf on Amazon)
“An older children’s story that is skillfully written in a way to show the symbolism of gardening, seeds, and a future that we can all learn from today.” ~ (UP Authors)