Helen Peters’ sequel to The Secret Hen House Theatre has all the same hallmarks: great writing and an emotionally engaging, entertaining story. It’s good to be back with Hannah and the other characters – they’ve been much missed! The novel finds Hannah’s farm facing a new threat – a water company wants to flood the land to make a reservoir. How can Hannah stand by and watch as her home, the land her family has farmed for generations, the wildlife, the ancient trees all disappear under a deluge of water? She isn’t going to go down without a fight, and the school play might just be the answer. When the going gets tough, the tough take to the stage!
The Farm Beneath the Water
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“Helen Peters’ The Farm Beneath the Water is a gentler tale, but in an extremely refreshing way. Its premise may at first seem old-fashioned – a group of children stop an evil company from destroying a family farm by putting on a school play – but its depiction of friendship and familyare so authentic and full of heart that the story feels both compelling and current. And, let’s face it, there’s nothing more of kids sticking it to The Man.”
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