Junior Library Guild 2018 Selection ‘The Altered History of Willow Sparks’ Hits Shelves This January

On January 24, 2018, Oni Press will release The Altered History of Willow Sparks, a graphic novel by the talented, Jersey-based writer and artist, Tara O’Connor! She is the author of Roots, which came out November 2017 from IDW Publishing’s Top Shelf imprint. This her first graphic novel with Oni Press.

What happens when you can finally get everything you ever wanted? Willow Sparks and her best friend Georgia Pratt are at the bottom of the social ladder at Twin Pines High School, just trying to get through each day relatively unscathed. But when Willow finds a mysterious book that allows her to literally change her life, it feels like her luck is finally turning. As she becomes more and more popular with each entry into the book, her old life, including her friendship with Georgia, seems miles away. Yet as Willow will discover, every action has a reaction, and the future has unusual—even dangerous—ways of protecting itself.

The Altered History of Willow Sparks is for anyone who ever wanted to be the someone they’re not. For anyone who ever sought acceptance from others, and didn’t realize they already had that acceptance with the ones who mattered most,” said O’Connor. “I hope to share this with all ages—to reminisce, to teach, and to remind everyone to cherish their friends.”

Advance Praise for The Altered History of Willow Sparks:

The Altered History of Willow Sparks is a fantastic spooky tale of fate and friendship. O’Connor’s linework is fluid and dancing, inky and captivating, and lends itself well to a story that hums with the eerie possibilities of a library after dark.” – Lucy Knisley (Relish, Something New)

“O’Connor’s graphic novel is a lovingly and beautifully rendered cautionary tale that will resonate with anyone who’s lived through the horrors of high school. It’s easy to urge Willow to stop rewriting her life from the comfort of our reading chairs, but who of us would actually resist the temptation, given half the chance?” – Caitlin Rose Boyle (Jonesy)

“Fun and captivating. [O’Connor’s] art is expressive and deftly captures all the angst and action through a cinematic lens. […] O’Connor’s offering is an enjoyable and quick dip into the dark side of wish fulfillment.” – Kirkus Reviews

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