‘The Farm Beneath the Water’ by Helen Peters

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 Hannah, who loves to act, lives on a farm with her father, two sisters and her brother. She wants to focus on the school play, but when her father starts holding mysterious meetings, she and her siblings begin to worry about their future. When their father finally explains what the meetings are about, Hannah is devastated. She doesn’t feel that anyone else is doing as much as she thinks they should to stop their farm from being destroyed. Desperate to save her home, Hannah enlists the help of her friends and school-mates from the play, and they pull off a daring act to try and show that a farm, which has been in a family for generations, is more important than certain other things.

I think the story-telling and these characters are great, my favourites being Sam and Jo and their Society of Bean! The plot was fantastic and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves acting, nature, mud, pigs and standing up for what you believe in.

This book is the sequel to The Secret Hen House Theatre by Helen Peters (2012) which I loved when I read it a couple of years ago. I couldn’t wait to start reading The Farm Beneath the Water and it definitely didn’t disappoint.


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