Center for Children's Literature Blog

Children’s Book Committee – July 2022 Pick

Treasure of the World
Written by Tara Sullivan

Ana, 12, yearns to leave the Bolivian silver mine where her family works. A mining accident forces her to confront her fears and make dangerous choices.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

Treasure of the World by Tara Sullivan is well written, exhilarating, and always leaves you wanting more. This book does not just tell you a story but paints a beautiful picture of Sullivan’s early life. The setting of the Bolivian mines is not a common place for stories to take place, however, the author describes the settings in such detail it feels like you are there. Sullivan did not shy away from mature themes like alcohol abuse, marital abuse, and child labor but instead accentuated them to the levels in which they really applied to her story. She also brought awareness to the working conditions in which she worked. She makes the reader feel so much emotional connection to the characters. My favorite part of the book is the way she describes Belen, her step-sister. Sullivan calls her the girl with crooked braids and a big imagination. There was not a word of the book I didn’t love.”

–Ava, age 13, New York City


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