You might recall that Willow by Julia Hoban was one of my top ten reads in 2009, earning a rare A+ rating. You can read my full review here, but I'd like to share just a bit of what I wrote last fall:
Willow is . . . a startlingly realistic look at what can happen when we feel separated from our own world. It's about connections and trust. Hoban does not pretend to offer magic solutions; instead, she gives us much to think about and discuss.If you haven't yet read the book, here's your chance to pick up a copy. Willow was released in paperback yesterday in the United States.
Willow is a must-read novel. . . . [I]t was nominated by the American Library Association for Best Book for Young Adults.
If you are in the UK, the novel is being released with a different cover and new title--Scarred--in March. But never fear, it's the same fantastic book.
For more on Julia Hoban and some insights into the novel, check out the mini-interview I conducted in September 2009. After I finished reading Willow (Scarred), I wanted to talk about it with everyone. It would make the perfect book club choice.
Hardcover published by Penguin USA, 2009
Paperback published by Speak, 2010
UK edition published by Little, Brown Group (March 18, 2010)