The Secret Country [NOOK Book]

Overview

What happens when your fantasy world turns real...?

Each vacation for the past nine years, cousins Patrick, Ruth, Ellen, Ted, and Laura have played a game they call the “Secret”—and invented, scripted world full of witches, unicorns, a magic ring, court intrigue, and the Dragon King. In the Secret, they can imagine anything into reality, and shape destiny. Then the unbelievable happens: by trick or by chance, they actually find themselves in ...
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The Secret Country

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Overview

What happens when your fantasy world turns real...?

Each vacation for the past nine years, cousins Patrick, Ruth, Ellen, Ted, and Laura have played a game they call the “Secret”—and invented, scripted world full of witches, unicorns, a magic ring, court intrigue, and the Dragon King. In the Secret, they can imagine anything into reality, and shape destiny. Then the unbelievable happens: by trick or by chance, they actually find themselves in the Secret Country, their made-up identities now real. The five have arrived at the start of their games, with the Country on the edge of war. What was once exciting and wonderful now looms threateningly before them, and no one is sure how to stop it… or if they will ever get back home.

"An intricate sparkling web of intrigue and magic. One of me very favorites.”—Patricia C. Wrede, author of Dealing with Dragons
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
If it were possible to meld the fantastical plots of C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter, and J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, while combining these with the concept of the "fantasy turned reality" theme present in Chris Van Allsburg's Jumanji, the result would be Dean's "The Secret Country Trilogy." The first of the three books follows the adventures of cousins Patrick, Ruth, Ellen, Ted, and Laura, who have created their own imaginary game, called "The Secret." The game, however, becomes very real one summer once the cousins realize that the game has taken on a life all its own. Transporting the cousins into a not-so-imaginary world, they must play the game to its finish and find their own way out. Confusing at times, the plot seems to appeal more to the adult intellect than twelve- year olds; however, once the reader sorts through the perplexing plot and confusing character facts, the book suddenly grows into a wonderfully enveloping saga of five youths, forcing readers to submerge themselves in the fantastic and mystical adventures of Dean's modest heroes and heroines. 2003 (orig. 1985), Firebird/Penguin Group, Ages 12 up.
—Ronnie Ficco
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440684449
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/13/2003
  • Series: Secret Country Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 339,752
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 311 KB

Meet the Author



Pamela Dean was born in Illinois and raised in Illinois, Missouri, and Nebraska. She was read to from a very young age and has been addicted to reading ever since; she will read the cereal box or the tag on a cushion rather than sit quietly. She read a fair number of books that were over her head as a child, which led to a general liking for books that require several readings for real understanding.



She decided to be a writer in the fifth grade. Her first idea was to be a poet, and her first published piece of work was a poem called “After Sorcery,” which appeared in Seventeen Magazine sometime around 1969. However, when she realized that, at the age of thirty, she was still writing very good poetry for a fifteen-year-old, she gave up the idea.



She has a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.A. from SUNY-Binghamton, and quotes too much as a result. She wrote her master’s thesis on Shakespeare’s problem plays, and has never really been free of Shakespeare since. She enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, being an intermittent part of local science-fiction fandom, and attending the theater. She has no actual talent for any paying profression other than writing, insofar as writing can be said to be a paying profession. She lives in a cluttered duplex in Minneapolis with her husband, her chosen family, and five cats.



Visit Pamela at pddb.demesne.com
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    Sure to be a classic

    I read this book when I myself was a preteen and still have my yellow-paged, torn covered copy that holds a prize position on my very crowded book shelf. I have recently let my own 12 y.o. daughter read the book, promising to treat it with special care, and she is enjoying it, too. I found the plot to be fantastic, the ideas dear to any fantasy lover's heart, the unicorns beautiful, and even now as an adult I get chills when I hear a cardinal's call. I can only hope my children will enjoy the book as much as I have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    Outstanding!!!

    The Secret Country was one of the best books I have ever read. It had an unique and original plot and I recommend it to other fantasy lovers. It did require rereading a few paragraphs and would be difficult to understand for some younger readers but I enjoyed this book and the second and third books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    What a Great Book

    I aboslutly love this book, and was so disappointed when it ended, everyone should read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    A great book!

    One of the best books I've ever read. A book you must read if you love fantsy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Secret Country

    I came across the first book a couple of years ago, and I absolutely loved it. Luckly all three books were out. I ended up going back to the bookstore the next day to get the second and third books, because I just had to know how it ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2007

    dissapointing in the extreme

    i have read many books, and i have to say this one had no hold on my interest. i found it extremely difficult to get into, and very confusing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2007

    This book taught me a valuable lesson..Read reveiws first

    What a disappointing book. I stayed confused through most of it. I kept thinking that this has to get better. It didn't, at least in my opinion and I've read many many books. Save time and money and avoid this as though it were Plague.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2006

    Horrible

    One thing reading this book taught me, don't buy the trilogy before reading the first book. I bought it at the store without checking the reviews first. It sounded good, but what a disappointment! This was so boring to read and difficult to follow. I was never grabbed by any part of the plot and my thoughts constantly strayed. I feel compelled to read the other two books of the trilogy since I already bought them, but if I hadn't, I definitely would not buy anything else from this trilogy. I still don't really know if I am going to read the other two books. What a waste!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    i love fantisy and all but this was kinda cheesy...

    This was kind of a strange book, i didnt really get into this book as much as i have to others. Some times it dragged on and others it didnt give you enough detail. I am also a teenager and i did need to read some of the wording over again too.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    not so great

    terrible couldn't stay awake and probably because there's no love interest at all but if you like that kind of stuff whatever.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2005

    Pretty Good

    The book was good. I am a teenager and I needed to reread some of the paragraphs a couple of times but it was a pretty good book. I am an avid fantasy reader, but I don't really care to continue reading this series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    Pretty Good

    I liked the plot and the characters of this book, and the idea was good, but it isn't one of my favorites. There were a ton of grammatical mistakes throughout the book, and sometimes I didn't understand what was going on in the story. Besides that, it was a pretty good book and I am going to read the sequels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    It was alright

    Yes the book has an original plot, but I seldom knew what was going on even though I comprehended what was written. The end of the book left me confused and little was explained of how events came to be. The characters at times are one dimensional at others, fully developed. I loved the idea of the book but it seemed to be poorly exicuted and speed up at parts. All in all it was an alright read and though the book basically tells the reader what's going to happen...in a way, I still would like to see how it turns out in the end and see if it is all bloody real or not. *sigh* Harsh or not, that is what I felt about this book.

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