A boy-friendly book set during World War One, published for the centennary of the war and accompanied by a digital component to boost interest from the school and library market.
It's the early 1900s and Edward Setten is growing up in the prairies fascinated by his uncle, who is one of the very first people in Canada to pilot a plane. Despite his mother's protests, Edward learns to fly and, when war breaks out, joins the Royal Flying Corps. In this fast-paced and gripping novel, Edward's coming of age takes place in the most extraordinary of circumstances.
A self-proclaimed history addict, JOHN WILSON writes historical fiction and non-fiction for kids teens and adults. He is the author 31 books, 300 articles and essays, 30 poems and hundreds of book reviews. Wilson tours schools across Canada talking to kids of all ages about his writing, research and books. He lives in Lantzville on Vancouver Island.
Praise for John Wilson:
• "This riveting look at the Civil War . . . has the power to shock and to compel young readers' interest while uncovering exciting history for them. Wilson writes a tension-filled story packed with appalling events that really happened. . . . This engrossing novel leaves an enduring impression." --Kirkus Reviews
• "Teen fiction rarely gets so involved with notions of morality in war. A thoughtful, provocative work." --Booklist
• "Wilson has crafted a compelling story that seamlessly incorporates key events in American history. . . . This sense of connection with the past that Wilson's story inspires is one of the novel's strongest features. Recommended." --CM Magazine
• "[An] engrossing, vivid and even horrifying read that cannons into the United States' bloody 1860s. . . Offer[s] some startlingly resonant moments for his adolescent audience." --The Globe and Mail