With connections as a central focus, the books in this issue allow for ideas to flow and relationships to be created. For instance, A Boy Called Bat, Front Desk, Slug Days, and The White Stone create connections between characters as they address the issues and problems in their lives or communities. In Boxers, how i became a ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story, and Islandborn, the connections are history, as each of these books explore the past through different events and cultures. With Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes, The Story of Car Engineer Soichiro Honda, and Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué Rico! the connections are to knowledge from the Muslim world, Japan, and Latin America. La Princesa and the Pea connects a familiar tale with a new cultural twist. Finally, The Only Road connects readers to the circumstances some immigrants might confront when faced with real danger.
Regardless of interest, the books in this issue connect us with the wider world and its different ways of knowing and understanding of that world across cultures.
Holly Johnson, Editor
The next issues are:
Winter, 2018: (Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018) – Issues Connected to Trauma. The world and those within it, past and present, have created situations or phenomena that result in trauma. What can we learn from reading about such situations? Books addressing trauma—-in its broadest terms—-have much to teach us. Think about sharing what you have learned from reading about such events.
Spring, 2019: (Deadline: February, 27, 2019) – Open theme. An opportunity to share books that you read over the winter or new books that resonate with you.
Submit these reviews to the new journal editors of WOW Review, Susan Corapi and Prisca Martens.