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S. Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can't taste the soil on a carrot, it's not fresh enough. Although she now lives with her husband, children, and three cats in the city, she still manages to grow fruit and vegetables on their lot, as well as tend to a couple of egg-laying and friendly hens.
Smith has been writing since she could hold a pencil, although the lettering she left on her grandmother's books sometimes contained a reverse capital R. In high school, she won awards for her poetry and short stories, and later was an editor on her college newspaper. Upon graduating with a degree in Communication Arts, Smith accepted a job at a small newspaper in eastern Oregon. She later declined the offer, choosing instead to teach English in China. Though she had an idea for a novel or memoir back then, the only writing produced were the many letters home detailing her exploits to friends and relatives.
After China, Smith spent many years teaching in private and public schools, filling hoards of notebooks with her writing--though mostly lesson plans. Along the way, she has written essays, newspaper articles, children's books, and poetry, very little of which she bothered to publish.
S. Smith currently devotes more time to her writing, resulting in a weekly blog, two complete novels, and two more nearly finished. Ms. Smith is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and an OSU Master Gardener. She gardens and writes at her home in the beautiful and green Pacific Northwest.
on Sep. 14, 2014 :
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I felt this book worked really well as a sequel to Treasure. It was nice to see a first person POV book actually stick to one POV character... though if I'm honest, I noticed at least one moment where it slipped up - 'I had no way of knowing, but...' Yeah. That doesn't work in a first person book, because if the character has no way of knowing, why is it mentioned? Sorry, pet peeve there.
It was good to see Lily's character further explored. I didn't think it was very nice for Clare and Dante to leave her behind in book one, even if it was understandable as to why they did.
It was also interesting to see more of Rose in this book. I wasn't as grabbed by Ana in this book, I have to say. I had the feeling she really didn't trust Lily and since I liked and empathised with Lily, I found myself getting annoyed on her behalf.
It was also good to see more of Lily's mother and also Clare and Dante's. I think I would have liked to see more of them in the book, though I understood the main focus was more on the children.
I did think this book moved at a very gentle pace, even more so than the first book. I would have liked to see a little bit more action. I am curious to see what will happen in book three, though. There were some conflicts in this book (that helped make the characters more 'real') that I would like to see resolved in the next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 02, 2014 :
Book 2 the seed savers lily is all about the friend who got left behind by her best friend to find answers to an unknown story. Lily is part of a small group called seed savers trying to reseed the earth of all forms of plants and help to feed the world real food again. The practice of saving seeds, planting food or growing any kind of food is highly illegal and that entire lily wants to do along with her friends that have disappeared, but she has a secret one only her and her friends know about. An ally to their fight the one that helped them gets started and the one who will help her help her friends that ran away from the GRIM that will put them in jail for farming!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)