Plus Some Anne With An "E" News
Apparently the success of Geraldine McCaughrean's Peter Pan In Scarlet is giving people ideas. Craaaaazy ideas.
Budge Wilson, a Governor General's Literary Award finalist with twenty-nine novels to her name, has been commissioned to write the prequel, titled BEFORE GREEN GABLES. "When Penguin asked me to write this prequel, I was faced with an enormous challenge. But it was this challenge that made me want to write the book. "Given the appalling deprivation and emotional starvation of Anne's years in the Thomas and Hammond households and during her four agonized months in the orphanage, one is mystified as to how she became the person she was when she made her first journey to Green Gables with Matthew Cuthbert. How could she have become so vibrant a person, so talkative, so articulate, so optimistic, so full of extravagant dreams? This was the enticing puzzle that drew me into the project."Because when you sit down and think about it, there just aren't enough bad ideas in this world being put into play.
Budge, for the record, has never had a book that took America by storm. This, however, may launch her little name heavenward.
Thanks to Galleycat for the link.