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The Last Treasure
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Release Date
April 14, 2003
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0525469192
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From the author of Going Through the Gate, here is an extraordinary work of the imagination, a puzzle mystery book in which the prize is the redemption of a family.

Thirteen-year-old Ellsworth Smith belongs to a family of two-it's just him and his dad, always on the move. This is okay with Ellsworth until the dreams come, the dreams of houses surrounding a beautiful green square. Then a letter arrives, inviting Ellsworth to a home he doesn't remember. He is needed there because the square is real, and hidden within it is a treasure that only a child can uncover-the last treasure of John Matthew Smith, the family's eccentric patriarch. But there are other things hidden in the square, too-old sorrows and pain. Ellsworth's return stirs up these "ghosts," and finding the treasure may be the only way to give them rest.

With the "power and poetry, mystery and magic" that Kirkus Reviews found in her first novel, Janet S. Anderson takes us on a memorable treasure hunt of the mind and heart.

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Malachi's promise
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Reader reviewed by heidi

I just finished reading The Last Treasure, by Janet S. Anderson. Honestly, if you believe in Malachi's promise of the hearts of the children turning to their parents and the parents turning to their children, if you believe in the importance of family across the generations and in the here and now, you will love this book. It's all about John Matthew's family and his desire for them to find the treasures that he'd had in life: his hidden treasures. It said so much more to me than was actually written on the pages. I look forward to reading more books by Janet S. Anderson.
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Great book
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Reader reviewed by Budman19

This was a great book, read it in two days! My mom read it too and thought it was great, once you start it's hard to put it down. That's what I loved about it, each page leads you to the next page and you always want to know what comes next. Ellsworth finds a family he never knew and a real place to call home!
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Mysteries of the past
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Reader reviewed by Nicolas

For thirteen-year-old Ellsworth, family has always been just him and his dad. Thats all Ellsworth thought he wanted. But then the dreams start. Dreams of houses surrounding a beautiful green square. Suddenly a letter arrives, inviting Ellsworth to a home he doesnt remember: the Square in Smith Mills, New York. A home with a hidden treasure only a child can uncoverthe last treasure of John Matthew Smith, the familys eccentric patriarch. But there are other things hidden in the Square. Can Ellsworth set these ghosts to rest and uncover the familys last treasureor will the secrets of the past haunt him forever?
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Reader reviewed by KayKay

The book has an awsome storyline, but the author needs to learn to use adjectives. It's really hard to understand what is happening. You'll have to read things twice, and how badly she puts things off until the end will murder you. It may leave you in suspense, but onyl about once or twice for the entire book. There are a bunch of useless informatuion that will just confuse you more. It's hard to understand, I do not recomen this book for people who-....Well, people in general. Its boring and drags on, before anyone dose anything important to the story 10 other non-important things will happen. I do like though, the story line. sigh...If only Janet S. Anderson tweeked a thing here or there, the book would be so much better.

However if you are into the mystery books, try reading "You can run". Check schoolastic for more details on this book, it has a hint of romance, and it will turn the tables and get you thinking.
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Think you're family is strange?
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Reader reviewed by librariane

Thirteen year old Ellsworth has never had much familyhe and his dad have moved around a
lotso hes surprised when he gets a birthday card with a plea to come to Smith Mills (NY) from
his aunt Elizabeth. Ellsworths father had left the family homestead because of a fight with his
father, and resists having his son go back, but finally allows him to go. Ellsworth is needed to
find the third and final treasure John Matthew Smith (family patriarch) hid many years ago. His
cousin Jess joins him in the hunt, and they realize part of the way to solve this puzzle is to have family unity.

The book is a fast paced novel, and readers will often want to read just one more chapter to find out what happens. I did feel Anderson was a bit too heavy handed with the cliff hangers, and was annoyed at how often she put me off from getting answers. This made the story a bit choppy, too, and character development is hard to follow. But the underlying message of families need to stick together is important (and not thrust down our throats) and that children see the world differentlyand thus have a sort of power over adults because of thisalso is important. This is a good one to put in the J section for all those 4th graders who
are good readers but arent allowed in the YA area yet.
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