Friday 1 April 2022

The Secret of the Treasure Keepers by A. M Howell Blog Tour

 A.M. Howell is a middle grade author that I absolutely adore.

Her books are more historical fiction and they have become a firm favourite to read with my youngest daughter.

So of course I was rather excited when I got a surprise book delivery consisting of her new novel, The Secret of the Treasure Keepers.

This is a post second world war world, still recovering, families trying to live through hard times. . .


February 1948.

Ruth has been whisked off to the lonely Rook Farm to investigate the discovery of long-buried treasure with her mother. But at the farmhouse, she finds secrets lurk around every corner. Joe, the farmer's son, is hiding something about the treasure, while land girl Audrey watches their every move.

But before Ruth can find out more, the treasure is stolen... With a storm coming, Ruth must race to uncover the secrets of the treasure keepers before all of their lives are changed forever.

Buried treasure (and secrets) are uncovered in this wonderfully descriptive story.

We meet twelve year old Ruth, who along with her mother Harriet, are doing their upmost to make the best of life at the moment. Harriet is a volunteer at the British Museum, she's hoping for a paid position as an archaeologist but so far luck hasn't been on her side. 

But a chance incident in Mr Knight's office (the curator) takes this mother daughter duo to a place called Rook Farm where they might finally be more fortunate.

There we meet another family. Mary, her son and Audrey who I guess is their farm girl. Mary has dug up some fascinating items and is hoping that this is just what they need to get them back on their feet again after Joe's dad sadly passing away.

But Joe doesn't seem to like Ruth and her mum being there. He's acting guilty of something and Ruth is determined to find out just what it is that he is hiding. As Harriet investigates the land further, Ruth starts an investigation of her own.

Then disaster strikes.

The precious treasure is stolen and everyone's chances of a better life are suddenly in question.

Can Joe and Ruth team up to solve this mystery?

I just love the way Howell writes.

It's so wholesome. 

This story, much like her others, is fast paced and engaging.

The historical element is always welcome as I find this teaches children things that they perhaps wouldn't have been aware of about post war times.

And I particularly liked the use of archaeology - what a brilliant career to get into!

There are plenty of themes covered within this tale including The themes monetary problems, family issues, divorce and parental death. All of which are done with great care but I think if you are wanting your child to read this it is best to be aware of these things before proceeding.

Great settings that I could imagine in my head clearly and detailed character development really make this book what it is. I have a real soft spot for Ruth, a brave and determined protagonist, who would make a great idol for younger readers. 

Over all The Secret of the Treasure Keepers is a real treasure of a book (see what I did there). An exciting adventure that is heart-warming and thoughtful, 

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