The Last Treasure by Janet Anderson

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For thirteen-year-old Ellsworth, family has always been just him and his dad. That’s 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 doesn’t remember: the Square in Smith Mills, New York. A home with a hidden treasure 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. Can Ellsworth set these ghosts to rest and uncover the family’s last treasure—or will the secrets of the past haunt him forever?

About Janet Anderson

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Born and raised in western New York where she attended a two-room schoolhouse, Janet S. Anderson later attended Cornell University and went on to teach high school English. She has also worked in libraries and for the New York State Department of Education. Having lived in Canada, Germany, and Sweden, she has settled in Latham, New York with her husband. She has two grown daughters, Kate and Alix. Janet S. Anderson is also the author of two picture books, The Key Into Winter and Sunflower Sal. copyright ?2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Published November 18, 2004 by Puffin. 282 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror. Fiction

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With the exception of a few of his widower father's tantalizing stories, about the 10 houses built on "the Square around the Sward" in the late 1800s by patriarch John Matthew Smith and the treasures hidden in three of them, Ellsworth Smith knows almost nothing about his extended family.

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But on his thirteenth birthday he receives an invitation from an elderly cousin, Elizabeth, to return to the ancestral family home, ten houses on a Square.

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Kids may also be inspired to explore their own family histories, and to research apostle spoons.

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