Every once in a while I get to toot my own horn :). I’ve just published a new middle grade novel, and I’m very excited about it. Now I know most of my followers read this blog for publishing advice, or the occasional post about film noir, so I hope you’ll stick with me…
A Special Kind of Middle Grade Novel
I’m thrilled to introduce This War We’re In:
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.
Okay, that’s the official blurb, but allow me to share a bit more about this story and why it’s special to me…
My Father The Storyteller
Growing up, my siblings and I would often ask our dad to tell us stories about his childhood on a small farm in southeast Colorado. Dad had us in stitches when he’d talk about how they saddled the horses, smoked my grandfather’s cigars and then got sick (and in trouble), and more. And one of the stories that always stuck with me was an incident involving a German POW (you’ll have to read This War We’re In to find out more).
There’s A Novel Here…
A couple of years ago, I got the idea to turn Dad’s stories into a middle grade novel. I was aware that many people knew little, if anything, about the United States housing German and Italian POWs during World War II, and I also saw no children’s books that dealt with the Japanese internment during the war. So I combined some of Dad’s stories with this historical background, and This War We’re In was born…
I’m pleased with all my books, but this one is special to me. I hope you’ll check it out, and maybe get it for your kids or grand-kids. You can read a sample on Amazon.
Also, I am giving away ebooks to the first ten people that contact me and agree to review This War We’re In. I only ask that you review it on Amazon and Goodreads, and that you give an honest review.