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category: Children's Fiction
published: Oct 2014
publisher: Heritage House Publishing
imprint: Wandering Fox

And in the Morning

Fields of Conflict-The Somme, 1916

by John Wilson

tagged: military & wars

Finalist, White Pine Award


Finalist, Chocolate Lily Award


Finalist, Stellar Award


New York Public Library Selection, Best Books for Teens




Fifteen-year-old Jim Hay believes that war is a glorious adventure and cannot wait for his turn to fight. But as his father boldly marches off to battle in August 1914, Jim must be content to record his thoughts and dreams in his journal.


All too quickly, however, Jim’s simple life begins to unravel. His father is killed in action, his mother suffers a breakdown and, when he does at last join up, it is as much to find refuge as it is to seek glory. What Jim discovers in the trenches of France is enough to dispel any romantic view of the war. Soon, his longing for adventure is replaced by a basic need to survive and the final tragic outcome is one he never could have imagined.


The first installment in the Fields of Conflict series, And in the Morning will appeal to young readers aged fourteen to sixteen.

About the Author

John Wilson

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, John Wilson grew up on the Isle of Skye and outside Glasgow, without the slightest idea that he would ever write books. After obtaining a degree in geology from the University of St. Andrews, he worked in Zimbabwe and Alberta before taking up writing full time and moving to Vancouver Island in 1991. John is the author of numerous articles, essays, poems and reviews, and almost fifty novels and nonfiction books for kids, teens and adults. He was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award (The Alchemist's Dream, 2007), and his books have won or been shortlisted for most Canadian children's-literature prizes. For more information, visit johnwilsonauthor.com.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
10 to 18
5 to 12
Editorial Review

"And in the Morning joins other outstanding novels about the First World War—an invaluable resource for libraries and classrooms." —Jeffrey Canton, Quill & Quire

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