Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Anderson, Janet S.

New York : Dutton Children’s Books, 2003
IL 5-8, RL 5.6
ISBN 0525469192

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Ellsworth Smith hasn’t ever had a real place that he could call home. In fact, Ellsworth lives in a motel where his father works. Everything changes one day when a letter arrives for Ellsworth from relatives he didn’t even know existed. These relatives need Ellsworth’s help. Old John Matthew Smith, the founder of the Smith Mills’ Smiths, has left his descendants three treasures. These treasures were intended to help the Smith family when it most needed help. Two of the treasures have been found many years ago. Now the time has come when the family really needs to find that elusive third treasure. You see, old John Matthew said that only a child would be able to find the treasures. Ellsworth is joined in the hunt by Jess, a distant cousin. This could be a simple story of a treasure hunt but you will find that it is much more than that. Old John Matthew knew that sometimes the help that a family needs isn’t always found in money or valuables. This intriguing story explores the pain and challenge that the family faces to overcome a legacy of bitterness that exists between Ellsworth’s father and some of the relatives in Smith Mills. (Prepared by: Henry L. Hall, SCASL Junior Book Awards)
SUBJECTS:     Family life -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Buried treasure -- Fiction.
                        Secrets -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.
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