Another Ruth Chew story was released this month. This time, it’s Witch in the House.
Buy Witch in the House at Amazon.
I’m fond of this one because (as far as I know) it’s the only one that’s been translated into Chinese!
A few years back, I found a used copy listed on a Chinese website. A colleague of mine made the purchase and had it sent from Taiwan to Singapore, where I live.
One interesting characteristic of the book is that the spine is on the right; the front cover is the back cover and vice versa!
The Chinese title, 糊涂巫婆 (Hútú wūpó), apparently means “confused witch”.
More about the various editions of Witch in the House.
Ruth Chew’s best-loved book, The Wednesday Witch, was released in paperback and digital formats in late August, along with Witch’s Broom.
If you pre-ordered the hardcover, your order was cancelled. The hardcover edition is not currently offered for sale. There is no known release date.
Nevertheless, we are happy that this classic story can be part of our Halloween celebrations this year.
Later this month (October 20th), look out for the e-book version of Three Adventure Tales, which includes:
- Last Chance for Magic
- Magic of the Black Mirror
- Summer Magic
I’ve updated the foreign editions page to reflect the fact that the series of Japanese translations of Ruth Chew’s books has hit 21 volumes as of April 2015.
I only have the first nine, but apparently it’s possible to shop on Amazon Japan in English, buy with any credit card, and get international shipping, so that situation is temporary. Luckily, even the ones from back in 2010 still seem to be available.
Twelve more books I am completely not able to read, soon to be mine!
To be fair, I did understand the three words of the title of one of them (Witch’s Cat). I know slightly more than absolutely zero Japanese.
It’s interesting that the hyphen in ‘second-hand’ has been dispensed with off and on in the various editions of this book. As it happens, I approve of leaving the hyphen out.
Speaking of Google search results… Adrian Harris, I’m truly sorry. Apparently, a domain called secondhandmagic.com is not as interesting to Google users as a page about Ruth Chew’s book by the same name.
The Penguin / Random House website is now linking here! Sort of. That text isn’t clickable. Ah well. I’m happy as long as ruthchew.com beats Wikipedia (and Amazon and Goodreads) in Google search results.
Actually, you know what? I don’t even care about that.
I care that the books are reaching a new generation, thanks to Random House.
Amazon is now displaying jacket art for three more Ruth Chew reissues! The Wednesday Witch and Witch’s Broomwill be released in hardcover, paperback and ebook versions on August 25, 2015. The ebook Three Shrinking Tales, which will be released April 28, 2015, contains Do-It-Yourself Magic, Earthstar Magic, and Mostly Magic.
The release of The Wednesday Witch is particularly exciting: it was Ruth Chew’s first story!
The e-book Three Adventure Tales, which is available for preorder and will be released August 25, 2015, contains Last Chance for Magic, Magic of the Black Mirror, and Summer Magic. I don’t yet know what its cover will look like, though!
Preorder at Amazon:
All the newly printed Ruth Chew books are available as ebooks, and there are, so far, two three-book omnibus collections available, too. See a complete listing of the new books and e-books.
But what are the ebooks really like?
Many of us nostalgic book-readers are suspicious of these new-fangled e-readers, so we don’t really know much about them. Paper books are awesome enough, are they not?
But did you know that you can read Amazon’s Kindle books on a free ap without buying a Kindle? They’ll even let you download samples of Ruth Chew’s books while considering an e-book purchase. I know, because that’s what I finally did!
Below are screenshots from the Kindle ap running on my desktop computer of the cover and some of the interior pages of the Kindle ebook of The Witch’s Buttons, showing how well the illustrations reproduce and how you can change the font size. Enjoy!
Here I’m posting photos of the new September 2014 reissues The Witch at the Window and The Would-Be Witch, two great witch books for Halloween!
Paperbacks (ISBNS 9780449815663 and 9780449815700):
The Witch at the Window (ISBN 9780449815632):
The Would-Be Witch (ISBN 9780449815670):