Beneath the Cloud of Doom
After 25 years, Wayside School's bell will ring again.
[From Publisher's Weekly] Wayside School will soon be back in session, as Mrs. Jewls’s classroom again springs to life in Wayside School: Beneath the Cloud of Doom, illustrated by Tim Heitz. Due out next March from HarperCollins, it will be Louis Sachar’s first addition to the series since 1995’s Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger.
Asked if readers will find many changes to Wayside School after a quarter-century hiatus, and if he feels that middle-grade readers’ tastes have changed in that time span, Sachar replies, “Readers will discover new things about the same familiar characters and hallways—if you can call it a hallway when there is only one classroom on each floor! In terms of reading tastes and kids’ expectations, it has been my experience that readers don’t change all that much. The kids I meet today are similar to those I met 40 years ago.”
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