- About the Author
Open is a 10-year-old-boy with a curiosity for life and the things that happen around him. He is on the autism spectrum, loves to draw and is especially good at drawing monkeys.
When his class is chosen to put up a Chinese Opera based on the Monkey King and the Journey to the West, Open must find it in himself to overcome his obstacles and boldly step on stage. A heartwarming story about friendship beyond barriers, Open is a gift calling to the largeness of our hearts.
“Open offers readers a convincing and an unadulterated insight into the world of a special child. The intellect of the 10-year-old protagonist, interspersed with his struggles to interact with others around him and to express his innermost feelings and thoughts, draws the readers in at every juncture. It is a book that has to be read by everyone—adults, parents, children, teenagers and educators alike.”
—Claudine Fernandez, Ed. M (Harvard University), Founder of Artistic Strategies Academy
“I love how it portrays autism not as a sickness or a health condition. This book comes from a perspective of genuine affection, through the story, one realizes that autism, although some might think a burden. But when autism is sincerely understood and whole-hardheartedly embraced – you see autism as a gift, not a burden.”
—Marianne Inacay, Producer, Channel News Asia
Eva Wong Nava lives between two worlds. She reads copiously and writes voraciously. She holds a degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Hull where Philip Larkin was once the University Librarian (and the reason why she chose to study there!); a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from University College London where the Institute of Education resides, and a certificate in Art Writing which she undertook to better understand what the craft entails. She holds a M.A. in Art History and has taught children and adults how they can use writing for communication and play. She is the founder of CarpeArte Journal, an online space, which publishes works of fiction. Eva’s flash fiction have appeared in various places and her writing on art have been published in international art journals.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 112
Year Published: 2018
Size: 130mm x 200mm