The Top 10 Best Book Sequels

There is little more exciting in the world than diving into a new series, knowing that once you get to the end of that brilliant first book, there's still another one waiting for you with the same characters and places you've come to know and love. So, which books make the very best sequels? Here is a list of our favourite sequels, from children's, young adult and adult literature...

1. Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee

Published 55 years after Harper Lee's first novel To Kill a Mockingbird, this sequel was a long time coming. Strangely though, this novel was actually written before Harper's only other title and comes from a first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird. Much like the first book, Go Set a Watchman is narrated by an adult Scout reflecting on her childhood and family. This is a must-read sequel for anyone that loved Harper Lee's unforgettable classic.

2. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Lewis Carroll

This mad sequel to Lewis Caroll's classic children's story sees Alice take on further adventures in Wonderland. This time Alice climbs through a mirror to encounter such new foes and friends as the Red Queen, the Bandersnatch and Tweedledum and Tweedledee. But, of course, it wouldn’t be Wonderland without an encounter with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare too. This may be one of the strangest (and, therefore, most fun) sequels out there!

3. The Lost World

Michael Crichton

If you love the Jurassic Park films and just can't wait for the next instalment in the Jurassic World movie series then why not look back at Michael Crichton's novels. The Lost World, set 6 years after the Jurassic Park disaster, sees a team of brave scientists venture back into the abandoned park to find out if the rumours that not all the creatures died is true. This thrilling adventure continues the heart-pounding Jurassic Park story in one of the best sequels ever written.

4. Little Men

Louisa May Alcott

This unexpected sequel to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women sees a grown-up Jo March married to Professor Bhaer, the headmaster at Plumfield Boarding School. The mischievous boys at Plumfield get into all kinds of silly situations and Jo is there to help them all. If you loved Little Women as a child then this lovely sequel is a must-read.

5. The Lord of the Rings 

J.R.R. Tolkien 

J. R.R. Tolkien had no idea how well-loved and culturally significant his Middle-earth books were to become when he started writing his high fantasy children's book, The Hobbit. But, as popularity grew, his publisher asked for a sequel and The Lord of the Rings came to be. This epic book series has been read by fantasy fans all over but if you've yet to start reading, then you won't be disappointed by any of these thrilling sequels.

6. Charlie and the Glass Elevator

Roald Dahl

We left Charlie Bucket with a chocolate factory of his own and a wacky new friend in Willy Wonka. But, the story doesn't end there, in this amazing sequel Charlie and Mr Wonka are about to head out of this world altogether. The glass elevator takes them up to the Space Hotel but a nice holiday is not in store when they come across the Vermicious Knids, aliens that have invaded the hotel and are prepared to bring destruction to all in their path. Can Charlie and Willy Wonka save the universe? Find out in this hilariously fun sequel.

7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling

Who doesn't love Harry Potter? Whether you're a fan of the books or films, you'll agree The Chamber of Secrets is an excellent sequel. After a rather action-packed first year at Hogwarts, Harry returns to his beloved wizarding school in perhaps the craziest possible way - in the Weasley's flying car! And, things only get crazier as students start mysteriously turning to stone and a rumour about a secret chamber is catching the heroes' attentions...

8. Prince Caspian

C.S. Lewis

The second book in the published order of Narnia books (though, technically the fourth in the chronological order of events) sees Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter return once more to the magical land of Narnia only to find it in a very different state from when they left it. It's been a long time since the Pevensies were the kings and queens of Narnia and now they must work together with their new friends, the dashing Prince Caspian and the gallant Reepicheep to save Narnia from the clutches of King Miraz. Along the way they encounter old friends, including the mighty lion Aslan and learn new lessons in the most magical place there is.

9. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Douglas Adams

The sequel to Douglas Adams' hilarious inter-galactic comedy really is just as silly and entertaining as the first book. Arthur Dent and his friends must face off the dangers of the universe once more and this time they are on a mission to cure their hunger pangs. They're going to Milliways, the best restaurant around and nothing is going to stop them - not even the evil Vogans.

10. Catching Fire

Suzanne Collins


Many people see Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire as the best in The Hunger Games trilogy. This sequel sees Katniss and Peeta playing the role of victors of the world's most brutal game but as a new Hunger Games is about to begin, there's a vicious twist in store. To celebrate the 75th year of the games, the past victors are the new tributes. So, as Katniss and Peeta find themselves in back in the arena, the challenge to do the impossible, to survive not one just two Hunger Games, is on.

From exciting actions stories to nice tales where you can see how the characters you knew are getting along at a later point in life, these sequels really are unmissable. So, if you love reading series then check out these books for sequels that won't leave you disappointed after a brilliant first book!

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    Introducing the fourth book of the newly designed Narnia classics. Perfect for those seeking a contemporary take on The Chronicles of Narnia Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are mysteriously transported back to Narnia where they discover that it has been hundred's of years since their reign as Kings and Queens of the land ended. Cair Paravel, the castle where they lived, is in ruins and the evil King Miraz has taken charge. Along with their old friend Prince Caspian they race to overthrow the King, calling on the help of Aslan and his trusty follower, Reepicheep the mouse.
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    This is the second book in the ground-breaking "Hunger Games" trilogy. After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta return to their district, hoping for a peaceful future. But their victory has caused rebellion to break out ...and the Capitol has decided that someone must pay. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol's Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless they can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Then comes the cruelest twist: the contestants for the next Hunger Games are announced, and Katniss and Peeta are forced into the arena once more.
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    Harry Potter can't wait for his holidays with the dire Dursleys to end. But a small, self-punishing house-elf warns Harry of mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts. Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a Chamber of Secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage. Now someone is casting spells that turn people to stone, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall. The chief suspect - always in the wrong place - is Harry. But something much more terrifying has yet to be unleashed. These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets by Jonny Duddle, with huge child appeal, to bring Harry Potter to the next generation of readers. It's time to PASS THE MAGIC ON .
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    Phizz-whizzing new branding for Roald Dahl, the world's No. storyteller! Exciting, bold and instantly recognisable with Quentin Blake's inimitable artwork. Whoosh! Inside the Great Glass Elevator, Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket and his family are cruising a thousand feet above the chocolate factory. They can see the whole world below them, but they're not alone. The American Space Hotel has just launched. Lurking inside are the Vernicious Knids - the most brutal, vindictive murderous beasts in the universe. So grab your gizzard! Hold your hats! Only Charlie and Willy Wonka can stop the Knids from destroying everything! Listen to Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting Twit or Miss! and House of Twits inspired by the revolting Twits.
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    Before seeing Jurassic World this June, read the sequel to the multimillion copy number 1 bestselling thriller that inspired the first major motion picture Jurassic Park. It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumours that something survived. And when a team go to investigate, they are determined not to give it a chance to escape. Michael Cricton takes the terrifying events of Jurassic Park even further in this unstoppably readable adventure sequel, told by a master storyteller.
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    When Alice steps through the looking-glass, she enters a very strange world of chess pieces and nursery rhyme characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the angry Red Queen. Nothing is what it seems and, in fact, through the looking-glass, everything is distorted.
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    From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch - 'Scout' - returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past - a journey that can be guided only by one's own conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humour and effortless precision - a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to a classic.
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    With two young sons of her own, and twelve rescued orphan boys filling the unusual school at Plumfield, Jo March - now Mrs Jo Bhaer - couldn't be happier. But the boys have a habit of getting into scrapes, and their mischievous antics call for the warm and affectionate support of the whole March family to help avoid disaster...
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    Following the smash-hit sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is the second part in Douglas Adams' multi-media phenomenon and cult classic series. If you've done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe? Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There's just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone actually make a reservation?
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    All three parts of the epic masterpiece 'The Lord of the Rings' in one paperback. Features brand new packaging, the definitive edition of the text, fold-out flaps with the original two-colour maps, and a revised and expanded index. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power -- the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring -- the ring that rules them all -- which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Crack of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. Since it was first published in 1954, 'The Lord of the Rings' has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Now, to coincide with the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Children of Hurin, the definitive 50th Anniversary text, fully restored with almost 400 corrections -- with the full co-operation of Christopher Tolkien -- is reissued with a striking new cover.