Winnie the Pooh - The Sequel

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In 1928, author A. A. Milne penned the second and final installation of his popular tale of a boy and his beloved bear. His follow up to the original book, Winnie the Pooh, was called The House at Pooh Corner and ended with a cliffhanger, of sorts. Christopher Robin has grown up and must leave behind his childhood adventures and head off to boarding school.

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For 80 years, fans have been left wondering. What happens next? Sure, we've seen Pooh and the gang in a few spin-off tales in Disney movies and on television, but the tale essentially ends when Christopher Robin left the Hundred Acre Wood. And with the death of Milne in 1956, it seemed that truly was the end of the story.

But now Milne's estate has authorized author David Benedictus to pick up where Milne left off. Set for an October 2009 release, Benedictus' Return to the Hundred Acre Wood will continue the adventures of the honey-loving bear and his friends. The exact plot is a well-kept secret, but one thing is for sure -- Benedictus has some large shoes to fill. "People will be highly suspicious, but I hope they'll think I didn't do a bad job," said Benedictus.

Benedictus isn't a complete stranger to the world of Pooh. He previously produced two audio books based on the stories and promises that this new book will "both complement and maintain Milne's idea that whatever happens, a little boy and his bear will always be playing."

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