MMGM - The Last Treasure

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The Last Treasure
by Janet S. Anderson
2003


This story is interesting and might be something you always dreamed of happening to you when you were a child - but didn't. 

You see, there's a family treasure. And that treasure can only be found by children in the family. The story spans many generations of the Smith Family. In the front of the book there is a family tree with all the names and dates of the Smith Family ancestors. There is also a map of the Square where all ten of the family houses are located.

I love mysteries like this and I am one of those who wishes that there was a treasure to be found in my family tree. (I even wrote a manuscript about it and hopefully one day it will be published).

Thirteen-year-old Ellsworth (Zee) Smith receives a letter from one of his relatives still living in the Square in New York. She wants him to return and help find the last of the three treasures that the Smith family patriarch left for his descendants. The Square is in bad shape. There's been a long drought, the pond is drying up, the huge trees are dying and most of the houses need repairs. They need to find the treasure.

His dad doesn't want him to go, but with money his relative sends him, he hops on a bus and goes anyway. When he arrives he finds and becomes acquainted with many relatives that he doesn't know anything about. He joins up with Jess, a girl cousin his age, and they become obsessed with finding the treasure.

There are a lot of characters and many of them don't get along. But in the end they come together to try and find the treasure - and bringing the family together might be the greatest treasure of all.

It is a good read and I recommend it for people who like a little mystery.

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Comments

  1. I am getting back into mysteries and may want to try to write one someday. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  2. I do love mysteries and this one sounds terrific. Thanks so much for telling me about it. I will try to get my hands on a copy.

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  3. I had not heard of this one and stories with a touch of mystery are some of my favorites. Thanks for featuring and I will look for it on my next library visit.

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  4. I enjoy mysteries occasionally -- loved them as a child! This one sounds intriguing and you shared just enough to leave me with questions. Great review.

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  5. I have seen this book around- but I had no idea what it was about. I love a good mystery. This sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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  6. I have enjoyed reading mysteries since I was a middle-grader way back when! This sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing this one for MMGM, Janet.

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  7. I loved mysteries when I was a kid. Still do - I like the challenge of trying to figure out what's going on before I hit "the end"

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