WOW Review: Volume X, Issue 2, Winter 2017


In this issue of WOW Review, you are invited to travel back in time to the early 20th century. So much happened during the years between 1900 and 1930. The world was going through great changes and people were immigrating across nations for all kinds of reasons. The world experienced World War I, the crash of the U.S. Stock Market, and the Great Depression. The books reviewed in this issue present historical moments though remarkable stories that any reader of history and historic fiction would love. For World War I aficionados, five books are highlighted: In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae; Once a Shepherd; The Donkey of Gallipoli: A True Story of Courage in World War I; The Great War, Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War; and The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans. Those interested in Russia during that time period will love The Family Romanov, and those who read Russian will enjoy We Lived in 1917: Encyclopedia for Children. Finally, The Hired Girl gives readers entrée into the working conditions of young women in the rural U.S. during the early 20th century. All are remarkable and allow readers a window into the past while encouraging them to think about how the world has changed and perhaps, how it has not. Happy Reading!

Spring 2018: (Submission Deadline: March 1, 2018) – Open Issue. Submit reviews of recent children’s and young adult books that highlight intercultural understanding and global perspectives.

Summer 2018: (Submission Deadline: May 31, 2018) – Moral/Ethical Dilemmas: Books that highlight dilemmas of conscience or situations that present aspects of communities and societies that conflict with traditional thinking or ways of behaving.

Holly Johnson, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH