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In this delightful sequel to A Little Princess, Sara Crewe has gone away with the Indian gentleman, and now nothing is the same at Miss Minchinand#8217;s. Spoiled Lottie, awful Lavinia, and shy Ermengarde are all left behind at the Select Seminary for Young Ladies, and the new maid, Alice from Epping, is a bright girl from the country whose practicality and confidence are a refreshing change from the stodgy Miss Minchin. Lottie learns to notice things and has adventures, Lavinia dreams of earning a place at Oxford, and Ermengarde realizes that friendship sometimes means keeping secrets. With a surprise visit from Sara at the end, andlt;Iandgt;Wishing for Tomorrow andlt;/Iandgt;is a lovely story about finding your way and things coming out right.

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"Readers may well approach this sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett's timeless novel, A Little Princess, with both skepticism and high expectations. McKay quickly dispels the former and more than fulfills the latter. As she did in The Exiles and its companion stories and in her novels about the Casson clan, the author explores family dynamics — in this case those of the close-knit students left behind at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies after Sara Crewe departs — with humor and insight. 'Did they not have a story too? What happens next?' asks McKay's introduction. Now staying in the south of England with her new guardian and maid, Becky, Sara retains a strong presence in these pages, largely through flashbacks and letters to her best friend, Ermengarde (only once, in an emotional scene in which Sara insists that Becky leave her service to marry her beau, does Sara appear in the present). McKay gives vibrant new life to the school's remaining residents. Earnest, conflicted Ermengarde eases her pain at losing Sara by penning lengthy letters to her — most never posted (writing them 'was like shedding a heavy cloak. It was like opening a window'). At Sara's request, Ermengarde takes under her wing 'stubborn and unsquashable' Lottie, who utters some of the funniest lines; reprimanded for licking the neighbor's cat, she retorts, 'He licked me first.' Additions to the roster include a cheeky but good-humored boy next door and the wise, outspoken maid, Alice. Enhanced by Maland's period illustrations, the novel convincingly evokes the Victorian era, even as McKay interjects a contemporary sensibility. A surprising, dramatic denouement caps this droll and heartwarming tale, a very worthy follow-up to a well-loved classic. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In the long-awaited sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett's "A Little Princess," Sara Crewe has gone away with the Indian gentleman, and nothing is the same at Miss Minchin's. Illustrations.

About the Author

Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of many beloved novels, such as Saffy's Angel — which was the winner of the Whitbread Award, an ALA Notable Book, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book. Hilary lives with her family in Derbyshire, England. Visit her online at hilarymckay.co.uk.

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girasolace, January 23, 2011 (view all comments by girasolace)
As a devoted fan of A Little Princess (formative) I was fairly scandalized at the hubris of anyone writing a sequel; but as a devoted fan of the works of Hilary McKay (fantastic characters; charming, hilarious and unsentimental stories), I was tentatively hopeful of the result.

And you know what? It was good. Not fantastic, and not utterly convincing as a seamless sequel, but solid and interesting and true to the spirit of the original while having its own voice. And even redemptive, as McKay sketches in a bit of back story for characters such as Miss Minchin, Lavinia, Lottie and this story’s heroine, Ermengarde, and then leads them forward onto new paths both logical and surprising.

The voice of Sara is seldom heard, but that is all for the best as it really is too uncomfortable to have a modern author speaking in Sara’s mannered voice of another age. Lottie is terrific, which isn’t surprising given that McKay is always at her best with scrappy and stalwart young kids. (And she manages not to make her into a copy of her kindred character Rose, which must have been hard.) And it was astute to tell the tale via Ermie, who must certainly have felt terribly abandoned when Sara was spirited away.

I did feel McKay was slightly hamstrung by having to be true to the original setting and characters, and unable to let fly completely with her own ample fancy, but she gets believably into the heads and hearts of her young characters and tosses in a terrific new one, the strong-minded Alice, the maid who replaces Becky. And it was pleasant to come away with hope for all the denizens of Miss Minchin’s, including the grouchy old harridan herself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781442401693
Author:
Mckay, Hilary
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Illustrator:
Maland, Nick
Author:
McKay, Hilary
Author:
Maland, Nick
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
London (England) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt (spfx-foil); bandamp;w int halft
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 13.58 oz
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 288 pages Margaret K. McElderry Books - English 9781442401693 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Readers may well approach this sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett's timeless novel, A Little Princess, with both skepticism and high expectations. McKay quickly dispels the former and more than fulfills the latter. As she did in The Exiles and its companion stories and in her novels about the Casson clan, the author explores family dynamics — in this case those of the close-knit students left behind at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies after Sara Crewe departs — with humor and insight. 'Did they not have a story too? What happens next?' asks McKay's introduction. Now staying in the south of England with her new guardian and maid, Becky, Sara retains a strong presence in these pages, largely through flashbacks and letters to her best friend, Ermengarde (only once, in an emotional scene in which Sara insists that Becky leave her service to marry her beau, does Sara appear in the present). McKay gives vibrant new life to the school's remaining residents. Earnest, conflicted Ermengarde eases her pain at losing Sara by penning lengthy letters to her — most never posted (writing them 'was like shedding a heavy cloak. It was like opening a window'). At Sara's request, Ermengarde takes under her wing 'stubborn and unsquashable' Lottie, who utters some of the funniest lines; reprimanded for licking the neighbor's cat, she retorts, 'He licked me first.' Additions to the roster include a cheeky but good-humored boy next door and the wise, outspoken maid, Alice. Enhanced by Maland's period illustrations, the novel convincingly evokes the Victorian era, even as McKay interjects a contemporary sensibility. A surprising, dramatic denouement caps this droll and heartwarming tale, a very worthy follow-up to a well-loved classic. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In the long-awaited sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett's "A Little Princess," Sara Crewe has gone away with the Indian gentleman, and nothing is the same at Miss Minchin's. Illustrations.
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