Wishing for tomorrow The Sequel to the Little Princess
Written by Hilary Mckay
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A new chapter to the story of Sara Crewe has been cleverly crafted by Hilary McKay who picks up the threads at Miss Minchin’s after Sara has left and, in particular, the loneliness of Sara’s friend Ermengarde who is teased mercilessly by her peers. Ermengarde’s life is transformed by the attention of her Aunt Eliza but Ermengarde cannot rest until she has made her peace with Sara. She has to do everything she can to see Sara before she returns to India. A must for all readers who like Hilary McKay herself have asked, “What happened next?”
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Wishing for tomorrow The Sequel to the Little Princess by Hilary Mckay
Hilary McKay revisits Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies after the events of A Little Princess and Sara Crewe's happily ever after. But Sara is much missed - and most acutely by best friend Ermengarde, who laments that 'nothing is the same as it was before'. But life must go on at Miss Minchin's as new friendships are made, rivalries continued, lessons learned and, most importantly, fairytale endings are had.
'Handsomely illustrated by Nick Maland, it has a humour and a humanity of it's own, and adds to, rather than detracts from, the original.'
'Wittily illustrated by Nick Maland, packed with humour and just enough heartache to keep readers involved, this charming novel is a real treat'
'In this novel she [McKay] lovingly recreates the 19th -century atmosphere of chilblains, suet knives and visiting occultists... Wishing for Tomorrow is a warm, witty read that offers more realistic advice on climbing out of poverty than inheriting a diamond mine'
'This book is a wonderful treat for anyone who loves the classic A Little Princess . Hilary McKay works her own magic in her vividly imagined, carefully constructed sequel - and it's got such a clever ending!'
'Warm and wise.'
'McKay's book stays loyal to the original characters while bringing them alive again.'
'This story is charming, stylish, often funny, and frequently very moving.'
'Hilary McKay has done a superb job of breathing new life into familiar characters and adding a few new ones.'
'a lively story ... A must for fans.'
'... cleverly crafted ... A must for all readers who like Hilary McKay herself have asked, What happened next? '
'Wishing For Tomorrow perfectly taps into the mindset of A Little Princess without being tepid and repetitious. ... a fantastic read.'
'Loved it! I'd always wanted to know what happened to Lavinia, Ermengarde and the rest of the girls when Sara finally went away. It's a sweet and wistful book; at times slyly funny, always beautifully-written, which manages to be true to the original whilst bringing it gently to a 21st century audience.'
'For any reader who loves the original -- this sequel is essential reading.'
'Witty, warm and humourous ... family reading par excellence.'
'A crazily fantastic story with loads of mad and hilarious moments.'
'It does what we hope JK Rowling would do: it makes everything you wish for come true, including the unlikeliest of outcomes.'
'Hilary McKay's wittily observed portrayals of family life are full of warmth, vitality and irrepressible good humour.'
'just the sort of crazy family you ache to be a part of.'
'it's wonderful to have more stories about the engaging and uncommon Casson family!'
'... we are so fond of this fresh, funny, foolish, wise, real family.'
'... as wild and endearing as ever ... Another charmer for Casson fans.'
'... touching and hiarious. Beautifully crafted descriptive language makes this offering a real gem.'
'McKay has a genius for domestic comedy.'
'Hilary McKay's strength lies in her understanding of young people and her ability to evoke them very simply.'
'Warm, witty and wise, with unfeasibly broad appeal and proven anti-depressive properties, i would give this book to 9-year olds, teenagers and their parents.'
'... hugely entertaining story effortlessly recreates a tightly knit world, imbued with a strong sense of belonging - a slice of childhood so multi-layered, touching and real that there's something for every child reader to identify with and savour. Here's a book that truly proves the joys to be had from reading.'
'stylishly written, acutely observed, light-headed and often very funny. At times, it's also incredibly touching and insightful, particularly when dealing with the complexities of family life ... quality writing for children.'
'a pitch-perfect reconstruction of the attic world of Miss Minchin's Seminary for Young Ladies, home to Sara Crewe in Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess. If you've ever wondered what happened to her classmates after she inherited that diamond mine, now's your chance to find out.'
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