The Search for the Homestead Treasure by Ann Treacy
  

The Search for the Homestead Treasure

Written by Ann Treacy
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RRP £12.50

Synopsis

The Search for the Homestead Treasure by Ann Treacy

Aunt Ida would boil him in the laundry cauldron if she knew where he was. On the long wagon ride to the old homestead, she warned them about the Gypsies they'd encountered, and now here he was, ducking into a colorful caravan with Samson, a Gypsy boy he had met . . . underwater. And it was the best thing to happen since they'd moved from Stillwater to this lonely, hard place to try to reclaim the decrepit family farm.

Missing his friends and life as it was before his brother's accident and his mother's silent grief, fourteen-year-old Martin Gunnarsson is trying to hold his family together on the homestead where his ancestors died of diphtheria in 1865. The only one who had survived was his father, a baby found in the arms of his older sister Cora. But somehow rumors of a treasure on the farm survived, too, and when Martin discovers Aunt Cora's journal in a musty trunk in the hayloft, he thinks it might give him a clue. But what exactly is he looking for?

Reading Cora's diary in secret, and just as stealthily becoming fast friends with Samson and his Roma family, Martin slowly begins to see his new surroundings, and himself, a little differently. But only when he recognizes that his small sister, for so long a mere pest, holds the true key does Martin start to understand where the real treasure might be found.

Reviews

Set in rural Minnesota in 1903, this evocative effort neatly weaves in period details. It reflects the demands of farming and the significant prejudice that was harbored by the white farmers against the Roma, documented both in the story that depicts their culture and in an informative author's note. A good bet for fans of historical fiction. --Kirkus Reviews

[A] tightly written novel. --Publishers Weekly

Ann Treacy loves the craft of writing-- not just the flow of words and the stories that bubble up, but truly crafting the right phrases, tone, and pace. --Lake Superior Magazine

A dramatic and well-paced tale, rich with an array of incidents involving vivid characters. --Picks and Reads for Kids

Extensive research and a compelling protagonist make this title a great fit for classes exploring their family trees. --Booklist

Infused with historical details... this book has regional, genealogical, and classroom appeal. --VOYA

Written in short chapters, the steady plot moves along with suspenseful episodes and events appropriate to the time period. --School Library Journal

Highly recommended for classrooms and middle grade readers who want more than your average pioneer story! --Beth's Book-Nook Blog

A story of hard work, grit, determination and surviving tough times. --Hibbing Daily Tribune



About the Author

Ann Treacy is coauthor (with Margi Preus) of A Book of Grace. Her writing has appeared in Lake Superior Magazine as well as Highlights for Children magazine. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
160 pages

Author

Ann Treacy
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Publisher

University of Minnesota Press

Publication date

1st August 2016

ISBN

9780816699568


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