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Wishing for Tomorrow

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  386 ratings  ·  117 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Hodder Children's Books (first published September 3rd 2009)
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When I heard the startling news that Hilary McKay, one of my very favorite contemporary authors had written a sequel to The Little Princess, such an iconic girls' book, and one which I read to pieces as a child, I was curious but distinctly uneasy -- what potential for disappointment!

The story of Sara Crewe is more or less branded into my braincells, but since it had been at least two decades -- possibly even closer to three -- since I'd last followed her story from riches to rags and gloriousl...more
My first thought was 'WHY a sequel to The Little Princess?', but it's not following Sara Crewe and could be a lot of fun.

My LJ review:

This nearly broke my heart even before reading, as I've been waiting for it for what seems like ever. It was due to be published the 3rd of September, but I noticed it was shipping from Amazon (UK) before going away to Cornwall with Charlie, so checked the 3 bookshops nearby(ish) the day before (one by phone inquiry). After some time and searching, I found it and...more
Miki Garrison
As other reviewers have said, this book takes a lot of liberties with the original. So it's not so much a sequel to "A Little Princess", no more so than "Wicked" is truly a sequel/prequel to "The Wizard of Oz". Instead, the author spends the first third of the book retelling the original *with significant plot changes*, perhaps the direction she wishes the book had originally taken -- and then the rest of the book follows a path that fits with the author's revised versions of the characters.

This book was started by me with a little bit of resentment, a 'how-dare-she-touch-this' -attitude.

The language does its best to match the turns of phrase that were prevalent at the time A Little Princess was written, but doesn't always succeed.
The one star was docked for what is really quite a petty reason: I really hated the butchering of Ermengarde's name to 'Ermie' by her fellow inmates.

But as the story trundled along I became more and more invested in the fates of the inhabitants of Miss Mi...more
Frances Hodgson Burnett's 'A Little Princess' was one of my favourite books when I was around the age of 10, and I read it endlessly. I was very surprised to discover this sequel by a modern children's author at the library, and couldn't resist picking it up. Rather than focusing on what Sara did next, this book goes back to Miss Minchin's school and turns the spotlight on some of the other girls.

These include Ermengarde, Sara's shy best friend, who turns out not to be so 'stupid' after all, an...more
Feb 06, 2012 Katrice rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: People who liked "A Little Princess"
The blurb here at GoodReads calls it an “enchanting sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess”. I wouldn’t go as far as that. Enchanting is a bit much in my opinion. Charming, puwede pa.

The “A Little Princess” is one of my favourite children’s books, because, yeah it is enchanting and magical and quite frankly an unforgettable read. I could go on, but this isn’t a review of the “A Little Princess”, though am not thinking of bringing my copy out and re-reading.

“Wishing for Tomorrow”...more
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Janice  Durante
Writing a sequel to Burnett's classic A Little Princess is a job for a giant. Because I've read and admired McKay's wonderful Casson Family series, initiated with the wonderful title Saffy's Angel: Casson Family Series, Book 1, I was willing to give McKay a chance. I adored this novel. McKay's fine eye for detail, humor, and characterization illuminate a hopeful story sure to appeal to many girls. Once again, we readers arrive at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies. McKay lavishes at...more
Want to hear a story? I was in a very large bookstore in London with my daughter when I found a single copy of this book. Hilary McKay! one of my very favorite children's writers! writing a sequel to what may possibly be my all-time favorite children's book! I scanned the book carefully to find the price (not that there was any question - I was totally buying the book), but no price was visible. So I took it to the cashier, who also checked it carefully until she saw it: PROOF COPY. NOT FOR SALE...more
I read the Little Princess to my 7-year old and 11-year old daughters last summer. They loved it. I was excited to read the sequel to them, but I found it difficult to read aloud. The sentences felt awkward. They certainly didn't roll off the tongue like the Little Princess sentences.

I feel like it's unfair to compare this book to a book of the Little Princess's caliber. And yet, it is the supposed sequel so maybe it's fine to compare. It doesn't have the LP's magic, mystery, and beauty. However...more
It KILLS me to have to finish this. Sara Crewe was my all-time favorite book when I was little, and this charming (and funny) sequel takes me back to Miss Minchin's to see what happened after Sara left. Heaven.
That McKay could come up with a way to make readers feel sorry for Miss Minchin is a miracle of imagination. And that the three strong-willed females all end up together - well. Perhaps Sara should have stayed and gone to Cambridge.
Ilene Colletti
Though i enjoyed learning what became of the girls sara left behind, reading Wishing For Tomorrow took away some of the magic of The Little Princess.
Life at Miss Minchin's school is dull and dreary until Sara Crewe arrives. The little girls, led by Lottie, are fascinated by Sara's stories and Ermengarde finds a friend for the first time. Then Sarah loses all her material possessions and is banished to the attic, but never stops acting like a princess. Ermengarde treasures Sara's friendship while being secretly jealous of Sara's growing friendship with Becky. When the magic comes, Ermengarde hopes Sara will share, but then Sara goes away with...more
I have been a huge fan of A Little Princess since I was a little girl. It was my favorite book for years and have read it so many times that I can’t count. My favorite version was the one with the illustrations by Tasha Tudor. The pictures matched the ones in my head so beautifully. I am also an enormous fan of Hilary McKay and her Casson family series. So how would one of my favorite authors do with a sequel to one of my favorite books?

Now that Sara has left Miss Minchin’s school, things are ve...more
My copy of A Little Princess illustrated by Tasha Tudor was one of my favorite books as a child. (I can remember passing it among my mother and grandmother and myself to read in turn.) I'm always leary of sequels written by authors other than the original author but since I love Hilary McKay's writing (especially her Casson family series) I took the gamble and am positively delighted that I did. True it's been decades since I entered Sarah Crewe's attic so I can't say I approached Wishing for To...more
Arlene Allen
I saw this and my first thought was WTF? No way! I like many others loved and adored and took to heart A Little Princess (how much so? My daughter's name is Sara). I'm reading some positive reviews so I'll keep my knee from jerking. My old fashioned self says these modern writers should keep their hands off our beloved classics. On the other hand, it is such a testimonial to characters and stories that imprint themselves on our psyches so deeply that we can never truly let them go.

It turned out...more
Sheila Beaumont
What a delightful read! "Wishing for Tomorrow" is a satisfying follow-up to Frances Hodgson Burnett's enchanting classic. The story begins after Sara Crewe has departed with the "Indian gentleman," accompanied by Becky, the maltreated scullery maid. Surprisingly, the central character here is not Sara, but dull, plodding, unimaginative Ermengarde, who has been her loyal friend at Miss Minchin's school.

There's also plenty about the other characters from "A Little Princess." Lottie, now 8, is as m...more
It is funny, this was one book that if described, I would just actively choose to not read. A 100+years separated sequel to a sentimental (I mean this kindly) victorian (I know) children´s classic. And I suppose it is fanfic, which is something which usually does not work for me, even Laurie King´s Mary Sue-ish Sherlock Holmes "sequels" (maybe particularly those). That´ll teach me to not judge a book by uh, its cover, or what the book is supposed to be about. But sometimes fanfic is the only way...more
Let me check...yes, I do believe I feel rather glowy after finishing this book. I love happy endings.

If you're interested in reading this book, it's probably because you like/love the original, A Little Princess. So the real question is, does this do any sort of justice to it, or is it one of those nasty sequels that you end up wanting to violently throw out the window? Well.

I think this book manages to sidestep most of the pitfalls of "sequel books" by virtue of the fact that its focus is not...more
A Little Princess was one of my favourite books as a child, and when I learnt about Wishing for Tomorrow, I knew I had to read it. And it lacks the magic and the timelessness, granted, but I was glad all the same to be back at Miss Minchin's and follow the adventures of Ermengarde, Lottie and all the others.

I had never read anything by Hilary McKay before, but when I looked around the Interwebs to get readers' opinions on this book, I found that many said that they would have been horrified if a...more
As a devoted fan of A Little Princess (a formative book in my personal canon) 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 e...more
Bridget R. Wilson
[Loved it! I liked the focus on the other girls as opposed to Sara although it was not what I expected. Ermentrude's letters to Sara were great. Liked them even better when I found out she didn't mail them. Reminded me of Ivy in Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith.]

After Sara Crewe is rescued from her dismal life of servitude, what happens to her and the other girls at Miss Minchin's Seminary? These are questions countless generations of readers have asked since Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Littl...more
I wanted to like this book more than I did. A Little Princess was one of my all time favorite books as a child. I liked it better than The Secret Garden. This was a story I reread numerous times.

The riches to rags to riches storyline and the magic of the attic's transformation always thrilled me. Sara's resilience after the death of her father and her endurance of her cruel treatment at the hands of Miss Minchin were so noble. I think the moment that sold me on the character of Sara Crewe, was...more
So, I have very fond memories of A Little Princess from childhood, and the story is lovely and magical and candlelit in my mind. And obviously, when a book that's been adored for a century suddenly begets a sequel, there's a concern that it'll go the way of Scarlett, and you'll have to divorce it entirely in your mind from the original, to pretend that it's a stand-alone, mediocre romance. Or a children's wish-fulfillment novel, whatever. Anyway, it's a concern.

Here's the deal: Hilary McKay did...more
This book is so amazing. At first I thought that it would be boring and I thought that It was strange that the original book and the sequel didn't share the same author but I soon realised why and I am very glad that 'Wishing for tomorrow' has been written. I would recommend it to everyone who has read 'A little princess' and found it amazing!! I wish that it was a little bit longer maybe and maybe another sequel....
This was better than I expected. It is a sequel to A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett which is one of my favorite books in the world. It tells what happens to everyone left behind at the school when Sara Crewe leaves to live with the Indian Gentleman. Not everyone in the book is believably the same person that Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote. The unpleasant girl Lavinia who was jealous of Sara, turns out to have been nasty largely because she felt trapped by the female lot in life during...more
Rachel Duncan
I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was a fitting sequel to A Little Princess, but at the same time, the author didn't try to write like Francis Hodgson Burnett and was willing to go with her interpretation of the characters, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I found it hard to get into.
I know, I know - a sequel to A Little Princess? Does the world really need it? Not necessarily, but the world DOES need all the books it can get by Hilary McKay, and if she wants to write about what happens to Ermengarde and the others after Sara leaves, then I want to read it.

I thought it struck a nice balance between maintaining the world of the original and showing us things from another point of view. What was going on with the other girls that Sara never witnessed? How do they cope with he...more
This is sequalto A Little Princess.Nothing is quite the same at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies since Sara Crewe went away with the Indian gentleman.Lavinia is once again the girls’ leader, but she hungers for a more interesting life. Lottie is still busy making mischief, as is the new neighbor, the red-headed boy. Alice, the new maid, brings a breath of fresh air and slapdash practicality to the school. But Sara is much missed — especially by her best friend, Ermengarde. Can Er...more
Cheryl Klein
A LITTLE PRINCESS is one of my all-time favorite books. Hilary McKay is one of my all-time favorite authors. Nonetheless, I was deeply dubious about this book -- would one cancel out the other?

Happily, no. It is quite certainly a McKay book in voice and style and in the way the characters talk, but those characters are recognizably Burnett's, taken in new directions. I especially love the widening of the authorial-approval range of the Edwardian social canvas: the sauciness of the new maid Alice...more
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Hilary McKay was born in Boston, Lincolnshire and is the eldest of four girls. From a very early age she read voraciously and grew up in a household of readers. Hilary says of herself as a child "I anaesthetised myself against the big bad world with large doses of literature. The local library was as familiar to me as my own home."

After reading Botany and Zoology at St. Andrew's University Hilary...more
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