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.
In 1929 J. M. Barrie left the rights to his Peter Pan characters and writings to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. A competition held in 2004 for authors to submit chapters for a proposed sequel to Barrie’s 1911 Peter and Wendy led to the publication of Geraldine McCaughrean’s “official” sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet, in 2006. In it, the Lost Boys and Wendy return to save Neverland from danger. Other related Peter Pan books have been published as well, such as the Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
Many of Noel Streatfeild’s novels now bear titles such as Skating Shoes and Party Shoes to market them to fans of the 1936 classic children’s novel Ballet Shoes, in which three orphans try to make careers on the stage and screen. Theater Shoes, however, which follows the stage careers of three different siblings, actually features cameo appearances by Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil.
The original novel by Carol Ryrie Brink follows the adventures of a tomboy in 1860s Wisconsin. The “sequel”, Magical Melons, features more adventures of the Woodlawn family, some of which overlap chronologically with the events of the first book.
Harriet the Spy
Louise Fitzhugh’s 1964 children’s book tells the story of a young girl named Harriet who longs to become a spy but who loses all her friends when they read her notebook full of too-honest observations. Fitzhugh herself wrote two secrets, The Long Mile and Sport, while Helen Ericson penned one called Harriet Spies Again and Maya Gold authored Harriet the Spy, Double Agent.
In 1971, Philip Jose Farmer gave an unexpected twist to Herman Melville’s 1851 classic by publishing The Wind Whales of Ishmael, a science fiction novel that follows the titular character when he falls through a rift in time after the sinking of the Pequod. In this futuristic world, the vegetation sucks on blood and whales fly through the sky.