Same book, different titles

Two Pearls of WisdomI am often a little bemused as to just how publishers make decisions. Take Alison Goodman’s latest YA book. In Australia it was published as The Two Pearls of Wisdom. As this title it won or was been nominated for a number of wards. In January The Two Pearls of Wisdom won the 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. On the 24th March the shortlist was announced for the 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and The Two Pearls of Wisdom (aka EON) is one of the books shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize, an award for younger readers (YA literature). Also The Two Pearls of Wisdom (aka Eon: Dragoneye Reborn and Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye) has been listed as a Notable Book in the 2009 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards (Older Readers section).

Another award was when it was listed as an Honour Book in the 2008 James Tiptree Jr Award! The award is for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. Check out the winners list (it was a tie this year) and the other Honour Books at www.tiptree.org.

Right there is my query; Why did The Two Pearls of Wisdom become Eon: Dragoneye Reborn in the USA and Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye in the UK? From what I can gather the story is essentially the same in all editions;

There are twelve dragons and for each one there is a Dragoneye. These are humans who represent an ancient deal made between these powerful beings and the inferior humans. It is a deal that protects the land from suffering from natural disasters but there is a cost for the humans. The Dragoneyes, and their twelve apprentices, give up their Hua, their life force, and retire after 24 years worn beyond their years.
The story is based around young Eon, who is is training hard in the hope of being chosen as a Dragoneyes apprentice. He must suceed or his master will be ruined and the household disbanded. This seems a lot to put on the shoulders of this partially crippled boy. There is another twist as Eon is a girl, Eona, This fact must be concealed at all costs because it is regarded as totlally outrageous for a girl (or woman) to have anything to do with the Dragoneyes.”

So my question remains unanswered for the moment but, whatever the book is called, have a read or, if you are interested in reading more about the book first, have a look at the site devoted to all things EON. Below Alison Goodman  reads one of her favorite passages from Eon.

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