I was so excited when I saw Shannon Hale reveal one of her Super Secret Projects on her blog the other day, but didn't have a chance to get on here and spread the word.
She's been working on a sequel to PRINCESS ACADEMY, her 2006 Newbery Honor title. I own every single book by Hale (and have all but one autographed since I've met her a couple of times now!), but PRINCESS ACADEMY is one of my favorites by her! My other favorite is THE GOOSE GIRL, which does have a few companion novels, so I know that Hale is good at putting out future adventures.
With how long it's taken her to produce--or reveal--a sequel, we know she'll take great care this time around and produce another fantastic story. Even more exciting? The title is publisher Bloomsbury's lead title for the Fall 2012 season! I would love to see cover designer Alison Jay create the cover for this sequel so that it will match all her other illustrated YA hardcover releases. I know there was a lot of FLACK when FOREST BORN debuted with a different cover from the rest of the Bayern books and will be re-released with Alison Jay artwork this fall. *crosses fingers*
Is anyone else as excited about this news as I am?
I have a feeling that Shannon Hale is about to break out in popularity once her adult novel AUSTENLAND hits theaters in 2012!