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.
Chaim Potok’s 1967 novel follows two Jewish boys, Reuven Malter and his friend Daniel Saunders, as they struggle with the pressures placed on them by their fathers and their religion. Two years later Potok released a sequel, The Chosen, which follows Reuven and Daniel as young adults attempting to find their place in the world.
Kate Douglas Wiggin’s classic 1903 children’s novel was followed by a companion book, New Chronicles of Rebecca, which takes place roughly during the same time frame as the original book. Wiggin’s great nephew Eric Wiggin wrote three more books, a two-volume retelling of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and one sequel, Rebecca Returns to Sunnybrook.
The Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum wrote thirteen sequels to The Wizard of Oz and, after his death, Ruth Plumly Thompson continued the series at the request of his publishers. Other authors have also added to the series, including John R. Neill (who originally was an illustrator for the series) and Jack Snow.
Set after the events of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s book, Hilary McKay’s Wishing for Tomorrow returns to Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies to follow Ermengarde, who feels lonely and bereft after the departure or her best friend Sara.
Gone with the Wind
With the authorization of Margaret Mitchell’s estate, Alexandra Ripley wrote a sequel to the classic Civil War novel entitled Scarlett, which follows the titular character’s attempts to win back Rhett. The estate also authorized Daniel McCaig’s book Rhett Butler’s People, which retells Gone with the Wind from Rhett’s perspective then follows the characters after the events of that book, and McCaig’s Ruth’s Journey, which tells the story of Mammy. Other works also exist, such as Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone, which retells Gone with the Wind from the slaves’ perspective and Katherine Pinotti’s The Winds of Tara, which had to be published in Australia due to copyright restrictions.