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A race against time to find buried treasure
Buried treasure and family secrets are at the heart of A M Howell’s gripping and wonderfully atmospheric mystery story. Ruth is at the British Museum one evening waiting for her mum, who is having a job interview. When the telephone rings, with no-one else there, she answers. It’s a farmer saying she’s found ancient treasure buried in her fields. Ruth persuades her mum to visit the farm, deep in the fens, and sure enough, they discover some very precious objects. There’s something not quite right about the find though, and it seems to Ruth that the farmer’s son Joe, and Land Girl Audrey have their own hidden secrets.
With bankruptcy threatening farmer Mary, the stakes are very high. Can Ruth uncover the truth about the treasure and solve the mysteries of Rook Farm? Set in the bleak winter of 1948, with land and families still damaged by the war, Ruth’s determination and new friendship with Joe helps bring hope and the possibility of brighter days. A M Howell’s fans will love this new adventure, and it’s one to recommend to fans of Emma Carroll too.
Inspired by real-life discoveries of the Mildenhall and Hoxne Hoards in Suffolk, Ann-Marie also had support from a curator at the British Museum, and spoke to an archaeologist from Suffolk County Council, who helped train the actors on Netflix's The Dig.
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From the bestselling and award-winning A.M. Howell, author of The Garden of Lost Secrets and The House of One Hundred Clocks, comes a brand-new thrilling historical mystery of stolen treasure, friendship and deep courage set in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.
Ruth has been whisked off to the lonely Rook Farm to investigate the discovery of long-buried treasure with her mother. But at the farmhouse, she finds secrets lurk around every corner. Joe, the farmer's son, is hiding something about the treasure, while land girl Audrey watches their every move. But before Ruth can find out more, the treasure is stolen.
With a storm coming, Ruth must race to uncover the secrets of the treasure keepers before all of their lives are changed forever.
'The Secret Of The Treasure Keepers is a thrilling archaeological dig of a mystery novel, with each new clue as precious and exciting as buried gold. A.M. Howell writes so evocatively that I could practically smell the trowelled earth! Truly superb stuff.' - Darren Simpson
'The mysteries swirl thick and fast in this wonderfully atmospheric tale by the brilliant A.M. Howell. Set in the post-war Fens, the story - about buried treasure and family secrets - grips right from the start. I loved it!' - Judith Eagle, author of The Secret Starling
Praise for A.M. Howell
'Winner of the Mail Peet Children's Award and The East Anglian Book of the Year A Sunday Time Children's Book of the Year Howell is a hypnotically readable writer, who keeps the pulse racing, while allowing every character slowly to unravel.' - The Telegraph
'Gripping plot as well as authentic historical detail. Fans of Emma Carroll will adore this historical tale of derring-do and righted wrongs. The Times Atmospheric, full of period detail, and most importantly, thrilling.' The Daily Mail
|Publication date:||31st March 2022|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic|
After completing a BA and MA at the University of Manchester, A M Howell now writes policy documents for local government. In 2015, she was one of 15 writers selected to take part in the Curtis Brown Creative Writing for Children Course, tutored by children's author Catherine Johnson. A M Howell lives in Suffolk with her husband and two sons. Her debut novel, The Garden of Lost Secrets published to widespread critical acclaim.More About A.M. Howell
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