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About the Author
Sandra Smith was born and raised in New York City. Suite française by was the first book she translated. It won her the French American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize and the PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Translation Prize. She has subsequently translated several other novels by Irène Némirovsky as well as a new translation of Camus's The Outsider. Sandra is a fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, where she continues to teach French literature, translation, and language.
Seed Savers Series by Sandra Smith
Set in the near future, Sandra Smith's Seed Saver Series is slightly Dystopian but with familiar settings and a main conflict that is a growing issue today. Throughout five books, Treasure, Lily, Heirloom, Keeper, and Unbroken, the author builds relatable characters and suspense for resolving a national conflict. Characters are from diverse cultures, and there is a light touch of teen romance. These are not religious books, but individuals in churches are portrayed as socially conscious and support the secret underground movement.
Sandra Smith skillfully reveals themes for today's youth. First, reminiscent of Parkland teenagers, these books encourage youth empowerment to solve a national problem. Next, the main conflict of preserving healthy food crops resembles current issues around GMOs and Monsanto. Finally, justice wins in the end through the effort of individuals and the power of citizen rallies, a reminder for everyone concerned about current world events.
Readers of young fiction who like to read about friendships and the future, or who think about changing the world, will thoroughly enjoy the Seed Savers book series. --Joyce Yoder, Middle school teacher and principal