Sarah’s Search for Treasure Book Review and Blog Tour

Sarah’s Search for Treasure Book Review and Blog Tour

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Welcome to the circulating blog tour and giveaway for The Searchers series of middle grade historical fiction by Bertha Schwartz, hosted by JustRead tours!


Sarah’s Search for Treasure (Searchers #3) by  Bertha Schwartz
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction
It’s 1849, and when Sarah’s papa and brother strike out for gold, she is stuck at home to help take care of the family and farm. This task quickly turns dangerous as the Gold Rush rises in frenzy around them. Neighbors abandon their livestock and the family must fend off half-started miners ready to steal everything they have. Sarah decides to turn her circumstances into a business—feeding the miners in exchange for gold and labor.
Sarah’s ingenuity and leadership are tested as she faces thieves, mysteries, and violent miners. Trouble closes in on all sides, and Sarah must make tough decisions on her own.
Soon Sarah learns that true treasure is not always gold, and that the greatest adventures can happen without even leaving home.

My Daughter’s Review of Sarah’s Search for Treasure:

The main character is Sarah. Sarah is a big sister. I am also a big sister. But there is an older brother named David who is the oldest. He is 17. David and Pa go away to mine for gold.

Sarah makes a restaurant on their property because a bunch of miners keep coming and they are hungry so she makes a restaurant. Sometimes the miners steal stuff but then they become good and help in the kitchen. Sarah has a lot of chores.

The book is set during the Gold Rush. If the book were a color I imagine the book would be green on the bottom, blue on the top, a barn on the side and some cows, chickens, sheep, goats, ponies, horses, and cats and maybe a garden.

I would recommend this book to my friend Elise. It is a fun book. If I learned one thing from it, it would be to always help others in need. I would like to be Sarah’s friend because she is nice. Sarah finds that taking care of others is a treasure.

My Review:

A sweet book perfect for older elementary school kids and middle grade fiction. My 8 year old daughter enjoyed it and was inspired by the resilient and persevering Sarah. As a mother, I was impressed by Sarah’s bravery, cleverness, and hard work. It was a sweet story but touched on some hard things like alcoholism, stealing, and hanging. *Spoiler* No one was actually hung but it was historically accurate to include that (and I think it worth the mention). It provided an interesting conversation and some further research for my daughter and I about the gold rush era. I particularly enjoyed the turnaround of some of the characters, the description of food, the hilarious absurdity of gaining so many animals in such a short time! All in all, I would recommend these books to other families. We all – myself very much included – could use a healthy reminder that treasures are found at home! And that you can do a lot with what you already have, some kindness, and a little grit.

My daughter and I were gifted an ebook in exchange for an honest review. Our opinions are our own.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Ambassador



Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.

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  • a set of all 3 books in The Searchers series (US only)

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