Cheryl Klein's Reviews > Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess

Wishing for Tomorrow by Hilary McKay
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May 10, 10

bookshelves: children-s, historical
Read in May, 2010

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, the insight into Miss Minchin's frustrations (making me sympathize with old Fishface, believe it or not), Lavinia's burgeoning ambitions. And the quite happy ending, after the loneliness Sara left behind. Well done, Ms. McKay.
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