24 February 2010

New Editions: Willow by Julia Hoban

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.

Willow is a must-read novel. . . . [I]t was nominated by the American Library Association for Best Book for Young Adults.
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.

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.

Willow at Powell's
Willow at Amazon
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Hardcover published by Penguin USA, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780803733565

Paperback published by Speak, 2010
ISBN-13: 978014241662

UK edition published by Little, Brown Group (March 18, 2010)
ISBN-13: 9780749942328


JoAnn 3/13/10, 7:56 AM  

This has been on my list ever since your review! Wonder why the title was changed for the UK ... I think that creates a lot of confusion (like Little Bee/The Other Hand).

Julie 3/13/10, 7:57 AM  

Your review is one of the reasons that I have to read this book!

Bermudaonion 3/13/10, 7:58 AM  

Everyone needs to go out and get this book now!

Jackie 3/13/10, 7:58 AM  

I was wondering why I hadn't seen a copy of this around! I'll keep an eye out in my library next month.

Nise' 3/13/10, 7:59 AM  

I was thinking the same thing. What makes the publishers decide to change the name and cover for release in different countries? Read this book and enjoyed it.

Jan 3/13/10, 8:01 AM  

Beth ,

Based on your opinion alone I would buy this book, but the cover art on Willow is catchy enough to grab my attention if I saw in the stores.

Alice Teh 3/13/10, 8:02 AM  

I'd have to watch out so that if I buy the book, I don't end up buying both editions that are the same but carry different titles. Thanks for highlighting this, Beth!

Nicolebo 3/13/10, 8:27 AM  

I thought for a minute you were trying to make me get another book by Julia Hoban. I'm glad it's the same one!

Melody 3/13/10, 8:28 AM  

I've heard a lot of good things about this book so it's already onto my wishlist!

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