The Secrets of Ordinary Farm, Paperback Book

The Secrets of Ordinary Farm Paperback

Illustrated by Greg Swearingen

Part of the Ordinary Farm Adventures series

2 out of 5 (1 rating)


Tyler and Lucinda have returned to a far-from-ordinary place for the summer.

Instead of pigs and sheep, this farm is home to dragons, unicorns, flying monkeys...This summer, everything has changed - security fences are everywhere and Ordinary Farm is in no small danger.

Shortly after Uncle Gideon declares he wants to leave the farm to Tyler and Lucinda, he goes missing, and the children suspect the evil hand of the witch-housekeeper, Mrs. Needle. But then Gideon just as mysteriously returns, weak and unwell.

Mrs. Needle persuades him that the children are conspiring against him and, suddenly, horribly, the tables are turned...So begins an adventure to save the farm, involving a magnificent dragon, magic mirrors and a haunted mine.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, Illustrated
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781849162272

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As much as I loved the concept of the book, as well as the characters and the mystery of Ordinary Farm, several things come to mind that I disliked. For one thing, I am firmly against curse words being used in books targeting children. For example, Uncle Gideon at one point says, “I don’t give a damn.” For a children’s book, such language is far from necessary, and will keep many parents from supporting the book, or purchasing it for their children. That is my main complaint. For my taste, there were too many allusions. Dialogue between the children was brimming with references to movies and books and songs, to an excess it seems. On the other hand, many of the allusions were to songs and games that do not exist. It seemed inconsistent for some allusions to be real and some not. My final complaint: too many questions, too many mysteries. It seems like the authors were trying to cram more than they could fit. Too many questions are brought up, and too many of them remain unanswered. I understand leaving a story open to a sequel, but this one had very little closure at all.(taken from Goodreads, agree with that)

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