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The Secrets of Ordinary Farm. by Tad Williams, Deborah Beale Paperback – International Edition, April 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849162271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849162272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'made me laugh and cry' Nayu's Reading Corner. 'well told' Irish Times.

About the Author

Tad Williams is a bestselling and well-loved fantasy author. Deborah Beale is a former book publisher for adults and children and founding member of the Orion Publishing Group. They live with their children in the San Francisco Bay area in California. You can learn more about Deborah and Tad at www.tadwilliams.com.

More About the Author

Former singer, shoe-seller, radio show host, and inventor of interactive sci-fi television, Tad Williams is now a full-time writer. His 'Memory, Sorrow and Thorn' series established him as an internationally bestselling fantasy author. The series that followed, 'Otherland', is now a multi-million-dollar MMO launching in 2012 from dtp/realU/Gamigo. Tad is also the author of the fantasy series, the 'Shadowmarch' books; the stand-alone Faerie epic, 'The War of the Flowers'; two collections of short stories ('Rite' and 'A Stark and Wormy Knight'), the Shakespearian fantasy 'Caliban's Hour' and, with his partner & collaborator Deborah Beale, the childrens'/all-ages fantasy series, the 'Ordinary Farm' novels. Coming in September 2012 are the Bobby Dollar novels, fantasy thrillers set again the backdrop of the monstrously ancient cold war between Heaven and Hell: the first is 'The Dirty Streets of Heaven.'

Tad is also the author of 'Tailchaser's Song': his first novel spawned the subgenre of cats and fantasy that we see widely today. 'Tailchaser's Song' is currently in preproduction as an animated film from Animetropolis/IDA.

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I hope the authors continue with the series, I would love to read more.
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He books also intrigue and keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SusanP on February 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The second installment of The Ordinary Farm Adventures series is as great and compelling for young readers as was its predecessor "The Dragons of Ordinary Farm".

As a parent and avid reader I wanted to make sure that my daughter, who is currently going on seven, will get an opportunity to fall in love with books and stories and discover the wonders of great storytelling for herself when she is old enough to read on her own. With that goal I set out to read a bit of young adult fiction so that I could get an idea about what's out there. As a big fan of Tad William's Otherland series, I was very happy to discover that he and his wife Deborah Beale had recently published the first in a series of books for young readers.

While I was reading "the Dragons of Ordinary Farm" my daughter kept asking me what it was about (I believe it was the enticing cover of a girl riding a dragon that stirred her interest) and after summarizing the plot line for her in a few words as far as I had gotten, she said she wanted to hear the whole story, so we ended up chapter reading it together.

Needless to say, both she and I were hooked from that moment on and after devouring all 400+ pages in a few nights' sessions we couldn't wait for the story to continue.

The Secrets of Ordinary Farm picks up a year after the original installment and brings the two protagonists, Tyler and Lucinda Jenkins back to Ordinary Farm (which is, of course, all but ordinary) to stay with their great-uncle Gideon and his unusual entourage.

Arriving at the farm they notice that a lot of things have changed in the year since they've been gone - a massive electric fence around the property for example give the kids and the reader a foreboding feeling reminiscent of Dr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By steefwaterbutter on August 5, 2012
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Oh my goodness, I cannot express how happy I was to find another book about Ordinary Farm! From the moment I picked it up, I was hooked! I love the complexity of the charicters, and appretiate how they aren't isn't pure black and white. One example of this was Colin. He hovers on the edge of being "bad", but was easy to sympathize with, which made him my favorite out of all the charicters. I also liked how the "good guys" don't always win. (I hate it when that happens in books!) Combine that with a mysterious and exciting plot and you've got the perfect book! Great job and keep on writing Tad and Debora! :D
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Stephens on April 19, 2013
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A thoroughly enjoyable read from one of my favourite authors. The story continues on from "The Dragons of Ordinary Farm" with Tyler & Lucinda and their adventures the following summer on Uncle Gideon's farm. Lots of action and secrets revealed, but leaves you with more questions and uncertainty as to the future of the farm, animals and people there. My 10 year-old is now reading "Dragons" and loves it. It was a pleasure to introduce her to a book with an age-appropriate story line and text. Hopefully there will be a third book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Arthur on January 29, 2013
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I have read both books in the series and have really enjoyed each one. I've recommended them to family and friends, especially teen readers and have only heard good responses. I hope the authors continue with the series, I would love to read more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Chang on January 8, 2013
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This was a great book. The story was engaging and yiu could really never guess what happens next. I couldnt put down this book! There needs to be a part 3! Great book worth your money!
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