A fan asked me about the significance of the paper boats in my novel of the same name. Without revealing anything as far as the plot is concerned, I can certainly share their importance. The paper boats that Otto and Annie (two characters in the book) made and played with represent the idea of acceptance, a major theme in the book. A simple folded piece of paper brought both children together, Otto, an innocent, playful little boy and Annie, a precocious, astute little girl. The boats brought out their human sides and swept away their personalities and the characteristics of what it is to being a girl and a boy. Further into Otto’s very trying journey, he remembers often his days of making and sailing paper boats, which reminds him to find the good in people and to seek a common ground. The paper boats keep Otto human.