Synopses & Reviews
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 Minchins. 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, Wishing for Tomorrow is a lovely story about finding your way and things coming out right.
"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.)
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 andlt;iandgt;Binny for Shortandlt;/iandgt;, which received four starred reviews, and six novels about the Casson family: andlt;iandgt;Caddyand#8217;s World andlt;/iandgt;(which received three starred reviews), andlt;iandgt;Saffyand#8217;s Angelandlt;/iandgt; (winner of the Whitbread Award, an ALA Notable Book, a andlt;iandgt;Boston Globe-Horn Bookandlt;/iandgt; Honor Book, and a andlt;iandgt;School Library Journalandlt;/iandgt; Best Book), andlt;iandgt;Indigoand#8217;s Starandlt;/iandgt; (an ALA Notable Book and a andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt; Best Book), andlt;iandgt;Permanent Roseandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Caddy Ever Afterandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Forever Roseandlt;/iandgt;. She is also the author of andlt;iandgt;Wishing for Tomorrowandlt;/iandgt;, the sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnettand#8217;s andlt;iandgt;A Little Princessandlt;/iandgt;. Hilary lives with her family in Derbyshire, England. Visit her at HilaryMcKay.co.uk.