Have you ever read a book and wished there was a sequel? Maybe there is and you’ve just never heard of it. On the other hand…maybe it’s a good thing you haven’t! In this series we spotlight some of the books that have sequels or companion books that, rightly or wrongly, may not be well-known to many readers.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Baroness Orczy’s elusive hero proved so popular that his adventures continued in ten sequels and two collections of short stories–the first written was I Will Repay, about a young girl sworn by her father to kill the man she loves. The Pimpernel’s series also expanded to include two books about one of his ancestors, The Laughing Cavalier and The First Sir Percy, as well as one about a descendant living after World War I, Pimpernel and Rosemary.
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
A year after the publication of his now-classic Civil War novel, Crane returned to Henry Fleming in a short story entitled “The Veteran,” in which the protagonist reminisces about his battle experience.
Eleanor H. Porter followed her classic heroine into adulthood in her sequel Pollyanna Grows Up, in which Pollyanna returns home after six years of travel in Europe.
The Three Musketeers
Alexandre Dumas’s classic novel saw the publication of two sequels, Twenty Years After and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years After. This third book is typically published in English in three volumes, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Louise de la Vallière, and The Man in the Iron Mask.
Margaret Peterson Haddix’s 1999 feminist retelling of Cinderella saw a companion novel, Palace of Mirrors, published in 2008. In it, a peasant girl who believes herself the true princess travels to the capital to reclaim her throne, only to realize the “decoy” ruling in her place believes a different version of events. Palace of Lies, the third in the series, was published in April of 2015.