Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford’s Songs of Willow Frost is a story of love and perseverance set in Depression-era Seattle.

On the day when all the boys at Sacred Heart Orphanage celebrate their “birthday” together with an outing to the city, twelve-year-old William Eng gets an astounding surprise. There, on the movie house screen, is a woman who looks like—must be—his mother. It’s been five years since Liu Song gave him up. When he last saw her, she was taken, ill and unconscious, from their low-rent apartment.

He thought she was dead, and now he’s found her in the most fairytale-like way possible. William believes that the glamorous movie star Willow Frost is truly his mother Liu Song.  But he wonders. Her life in the spotlight is so different now. It would be so much easier for her to turn him away.

William is determined to meet her, and his beautiful, brave friend Charlotte is equally set on helping him. Together, they run away from the orphanage to find Willow Frost, braving the dark streets of 1930s Seattle—a dangerous place for a Chinese boy and a blind girl.

Readers who enjoy the well-drawn Asian-American characters and sense of time and place in Lisa See’s books would do well to investigate Jamie Ford’s books, including Songs of Willow Frost.