This War We're In is a story about friends and family, forgiveness and redemption. Ten-year-old Bobby Klocker questions why his Japanese friend Richard is treated differently than other kids. When Bobby’s older brother, Edward the bully, accuses Richard for something Bobby and Edward did, Bobby must wrestle with doing what is right versus facing his brother’s wrath, though he is ultimately determined to defend Richard.
Set in the fall of 1943, This War We're In is about a boy learning about prejudice and the atrocities of war during the tumultuous times of World War Two. Intertwined in the story is the forced internment of the Japanese, and a little-read-about piece of history, the United States housing of German prisoners of war.
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Renée Pawlish is the award-winning author of the bestselling Nephilim Genesis of Evil, the first in the Nephilim trilogy, the Reed Ferguson mystery series, The Noah Winters YA Adventure series, This War We're In, a middle-grade World War II novel, Take Five, a short story collection, Codename Richard, a ghost story, and The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within, a nonfiction account of a haunted house investigation.
Renée has been called "a promising new voice to the comic murder mystery genre" and "a powerful storyteller". Nephilim Genesis of Evil has been compared to Stephen King and Frank Peretti.
Renée was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado. When she's not hiking, cycling, or chasing ballplayers for autographs, she is writing mysteries, thrillers and horror. She loves to travel and has visited numerous countries. She has also spent many summer days at her parents' cabin in the hills outside of Boulder, which was the inspiration for the setting of Taylor Crossing in her novel Nephilim: Genesis of Evil.