Classic Books with Lesser-Known Sequels



Though no actual sequel exists, Theater Shoes features cameo appearances by the Fossil sisters.  Some of Noel Streatfeild’s other novels were renamed and have titles like Skating Shoes and Party Shoes, but they are not related to the 1936 classic Ballet Shoes.


Carol Ryrie Brink’s companion novel Magical Melons overlaps chronologically with the events of the first book, which is set in 1860s Wisconsin.


Fitzhugh wrote two sequels to the 1964 classic, The Long Mile and Sport, while Helen Ericson penned one called Harriet Spies Again and Maya Gold authored  Harriet the Spy, Double Agent.


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.


After Johanna Spyri’s death, her English translator Charles Tritten penned two sequels, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children.

Jane Eyre

Bronte wrote no sequel, but others have imagined the continuing story.  Elizabeth Newark wrote Jane Eyre’s Daughter in which the titular character also finds her herself in a house with a secret.  Claire Moise wrote Adele, Grace, and Celene: The Other Women of Jane Eyre, which imagines a living Celene learning about the events of the first book.


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.


In 1971, Philip Jose Farmer followed  Herman Melville’s 1851 classic with 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.


Several Peter Pan companions or sequels have been published, including Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s Peter and the Starcatchers ; Heidi Schulz’s Hook’s Revenge; and Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Tiger Lily.  However the official sequel is Geraldine McCaughrean’s Peter Pan in Scarlet (2006), published after the Great Ormond Street Hospital held a competition asking for chapters of proposed sequels.


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.


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.


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.


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 Taming of the Shrew

In John Fletcher’s sequel The Woman’s Prize or The Tamer Tamed, Petruchio remarries after the death of Katherine, but finds himself the one being tamed.


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.

9 thoughts on “Classic Books with Lesser-Known Sequels

    • Krysta says:

      I haven’t read either of them, so I don’t know how closely Newark or Moise captured the spirit of the original, but I’m sure they’re worth a try!


    • Krysta says:

      I haven’t read Newark or Moise’s Jane Eyre sequels, so I don’t know how good they are. I read the Heidi sequel a long time ago and I remember it being a little vaguely melodramatic and predictable, but that seems right for a Heidi sequel. 😉

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  1. alilovesbooks says:

    You’ve just driven me completely nuts🙂 I’ve read a sequel to Jane Eyre but it’s not any of the ones mentioned. I can’t actually remember what it was called as it was may years ago…argh! I hate it when that happens. I’ve been googling but still no idea.

    Do you know there’s also a sequel to Pride and Prejudice called Death Comes to Pemberley? It’s not that great but it was turned into a tv drama which was slightly better.


    • Krysta says:

      Yeah, there are so many sequels to P&P that I just decide to leave that one out as an option. I have read Death Comes to Pemberley; I didn’t like it that much, but I’ve the drama is better.

      Too bad you can’t remember the name of the other sequel!

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