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.
After Johanna Spyri’s death, her English translator Charles Tritten penned two sequels, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children.
Gary Paulsen’s 1987 novel, a Newbery Award winner, tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who survives on his own in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash. Though many might be familiar with the work from its school days, some may not know that four more books followed–The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Return, and Brian’s Hunt.
At the end of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Jo declares her intention to open a boarding school for boys. The sequel, Little Men, chronicles the adventures of that school and the third book, Jo’s Boy’s, follows the students as they enter adulthood, fall in love, and find their paths in life.
Lois Lowry’s 1993 dystopian novel has three companion novels set in the same futuristic world: Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
Summer of My German Soldier
Bette Greene’s 1973 novel Summer of My German Soldier tells of the friendship that blossoms between twelve-year-old Patty Bergen and the escaped German POW, Anton, that she hides in her Arkansas home. The sequel, Morning Is a Long Time Coming, appeared in 1978 and follows an eighteen-year-old Patty as she travels through Europe and attempts to find herself.