The Searchers: Sarah’s Search for Treasure Spotlight & Excerpt

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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 treasureTitle: Sarah’s Search for Treasure (Searchers #3)
Author: 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.

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After they were seated, Mr. Westler, the spokesman for the last group of miners, asked, “How much do we owe you for supper?”


Sarah and Ma exchanged looks and then turned to Mr. Douglas, who shrugged.


“That’s what I thought. Word is going to spread quickly about your excellent cooking. You need to come up with a plan, so no one will take advantage of you. The prices in the city have really gone up, and you’ll need to charge accordingly, or you won’t be able to buy more supplies.”


Sarah didn’t tell him of all the supplies Pa bought before they left. But Mr. Westler was continuing. “You also need a set amount of work they need to do for, say, a meal . . . or an extra snack to take along, and so on.”


“How about if we write something up?” asked Sarah. She glanced around at the eight men still gathered on the porch. “Maybe you can tell us if it looks fair.”


The other men nodded. Tony added, “You’ll also need to come up with a price to feed livestock. We fed our two mules here tonight.”


Sarah went back in the house and got paper and a pen. By the time they were finished, Sarah was excited. “It’s almost like a restaurant.”


“You’ll need a name for yer restaurant,” drawled Red, in his slow manner.


Sarah couldn’t keep from laughing at some of the outlandish names they had, but finally, Mr. Westler suggested, “Why don’t you call it ‘Sarah’s Kitchen’?”



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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(1) winner will receive:

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

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