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#1 2007-11-01 16:40:00

Olaf
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The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

29 October, 2007
Children's:
Middle grade Tad Williams and Deborah Beale's THE DRAGONS OF ORDINARY FARM, a fantasy series about a brother and sister who spend every summer on their uncle's unexpectedly magical farm, to Brenda Bowen at Harper Children's, in a good deal, including a sequel, by Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (NA).


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Tad, any word on when the first book might be published?


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#2 2007-11-01 16:43:00

Miiru
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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

Glee!

Having heard the first chapter (ish) at Westercon (and enjoyed it), I'm very pleased. I can't wait to see it on shelves so I can snag a copy for my son. It sounds the sort of thing he will really enjoy, and maybe it'll help me get him actually *reading*.


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#3 2007-11-02 02:24:00

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

*does not need a son for an excuse to buy it* :)

Yalahii.


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#4 2007-11-02 06:43:00

Ren
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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

we're all kids at heart...thats my excuse anyway...8)


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#5 2007-11-02 13:52:00

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

Coolness. :)


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#6 2007-11-02 18:05:00

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

*perks*

More books!!


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#7 2007-11-02 18:11:00

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

precisely my thoughts! booksbooksbooooooks!


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#8 2007-11-05 19:01:00

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

We're still in rewrite on the first volume, which is why it's hard to say when it (or SHADOWRISE) will be finished.  However, I don't think they plan to publish it until the list launches, which is over a year away.


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#9 2007-11-09 20:36:00

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

Yeah!!!  Will have to buy 2.  Addison will need her own copy and I will need one also!!

It is never too soon to convert her to a Tad fan. She will be 4 months on 13th of Nov.

 

#10 2008-01-17 21:37:58

deborah
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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

Hey y'all, we're going to post the first of a series of Ordinary Farm short stories soon, so watch this space (or more correctly, watch The Vault's space.)

WHOO-HOO!

Deborah

 

#11 2008-01-17 22:02:11

strangeshe
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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

Glad to see you made it, Deborah!

 

#12 2008-01-17 23:25:03

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

Just read on the new site that the series sold to Klett-Cotta as well!

Great news!


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#13 2008-01-24 16:02:21

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

What type of fantasy book will this be. I'm sure I've heard it is more suited towards children, but thats pretty much all I heard. Anyone care to elaborate? Thanks.


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#14 2008-01-24 17:20:01

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

Hi Stefan. The ORDINARY FARM books are a 5-book young adult fantasy series (so not exactly 'kids books' -- at least not young'uns). Tad is working on Deborah's first draft of The Dragons of Ordinary Farm, the first book in the series, and Deborah is working on the draft of the second book which has the working title, A Witch at Ordinary Farm.

Here's another piece in the works, from the introduction to the sneak peek in the Vault (here: http://www.tadwilliams.com/the_vault.aspx -- scroll down to Sneak Peeks and select the story, "Only One Meets His Match")

The following short story is from a Tad-and-Deb work-in-progress entitled Urchin’s Luck. The novel is our Tailchaser’s Song for raccoons, and was inspired by observing the exceptional intelligence of the creatures. In the novel, there is a thematic spine of folk tales (rather like Native American mythologies) that the animals tell each other. Here is one of them.

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#15 2008-01-25 16:49:19

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

I'm definitely looking forward to those works. And Urchin's Luck sounds cool as well. Anyone seen the Studio Ghibli film with Raccoons? I saw half of it before I had to go to bed, and it was great.


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#16 2008-01-25 17:06:02

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

ArcticSwan360 wrote:

Anyone seen the Studio Ghibli film with Raccoons? I saw half of it before I had to go to bed, and it was great.

I haven't, but will look for it. Thanks for the recommendation!

 

#17 2008-01-25 20:14:43

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

No problem. When I read about Urchin's Luck, knowing that Tad liked Miyazaki's films, I had wondered if he had seen this movie or if it had inspired him in any way with the story.


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#18 2008-01-28 20:34:00

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

we lurve Miyazaki movies.  Can anyone enlighten me on the one with racoons?

ODFARM (as we fondly refer to it) will be published Jan 09.  In some ways, my own impulse has always been that I want it to be Otherland for young adults - because it has that big ole river of time thang going on.  BUT it is, very strongly, about a farm whose farming program is something very strange indeed...

soon as I've gotten out of the bloody tax prep, I'll be posting the first of the short stories.  They are bon mots (good-sized ones too) for our dear ones on this site.  And they'll be around for a while and then get pulled.  Each one is about the arrival of specific characters at Ordinary Farm.  More anon.

 

#19 2008-01-28 20:50:07

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

Wow, Deborah. That sounds very cool. Thanks in advance for the treats.

Good luck with the taxes. *eyes his own large pile of papers*

 

#20 2008-01-29 04:31:05

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

...glee!


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#21 2008-02-15 23:06:45

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

Most cool, most certainly!


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#22 2008-03-20 04:46:55

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

ooh I'm so excited.  It sounds like it's right at my eldest daughter's age level!!  I'm always looking for new material for her.  I'm so proud of her as this time last year she was an average level student reading at grade level, to her most recent report card (monday night!) being an A+ student in honors english/reading/language arts.  WOO HOO!  Books in this house are a must!!


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#23 2008-05-05 13:17:52

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

Hey y'all, we're in the throes of putting new stuff up on the site, here and there, but in the meantime, it looks like The Dragons Of Ordinary Farm is now scheduled for August 08.

But that may yet change...

I'm finishing the rewrites this week.  Then they go to His Dogginess for approval, then off to varius interested parties after that...

 

#24 2008-05-05 13:18:19

deborah
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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

OOOOOPS!

AUG 09....

 

#25 2014-03-06 12:38:40

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Re: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm-Sold!

So, I know (from SS's post, above) that A Witch at Ordinary Farm was supposed to be volume 2, but ultimately, volume 2 was The Secrets of Ordinary Farm.


However, there's still a Goodreads listing for A Witch at Ordinary Farm, with 50 people waiting to read it. (It even has ratings: someone gave it a 3/5). Is this still forthcoming? If not, it probably should be deleted somehow. People think they will eventually be able to read it. And, apparently, one person can predict the future!


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