Books by John Wilson

LOST CAUSE by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"A tale driven by its informational purpose, with only a short story's worth of plot. (map and family tree, not seen) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Posthumous messages and tantalizing clues send a teenager from Canada to Barcelona in search of a hidden chapter from his beloved grandfather's past. Read full book review >
VICTORIO'S WAR by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Despite fair measures of bloodshed and gunfire, all the long thoughts and dusty desert trails will make the pacing seem slow to readers who haven't already thrilled to Jim's earlier adventures. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
A sad tale threaded with deaths, regrets and the importance of memory and story concludes this three volume narrative of a young Canadian wanderer in the Old West. Read full book review >
GHOST MOON by John Wilson
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A tale of the Old West with a sturdy historical base and nary a dull moment. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
A young wanderer lands in the middle of New Mexico's Lincoln County War in this middle volume of the oater Desert Legends Trilogy. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN BLOOD by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Still, chapters are short and action filled, Jim is a likable character and reluctant readers will find this to be a fast-paced, easy-to-swallow tale of the Old West. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Jim has left his 1870s home in Canada and, based on clues from an old letter, is traveling to the Mexican border village of Casas Grandes in search of his long-missing father. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"The characters are thin, uninteresting vehicles for this historically accurate view of the Crusade, but the densely gruesome journey will please enthusiasts of historical wars. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
A modern-feeling hero is our tour guide through a vicious war that devastated southern France. Read full book review >
DEATH ON THE RIVER by John Wilson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"This engrossing novel leaves an enduring impression. (Historical fiction. YA)"
This riveting look at the Civil War's horrifying Andersonville prison through the eyes of an 18-year-old inmate has the power to shock and to compel young readers' interest while uncovering exciting history for them. Read full book review >
FOUR STEPS TO DEATH by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Since little exists on the subject, however, this will be a start. (afterword) (Fiction. 10-13)"
A million people were killed in the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942, one of the worst battles in history, and the intertwined stories of three people, each told in third person, offer a human-scale account of the cataclysm. Read full book review >
BATTLE SCARS by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Overall, a satisfying read. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the sequel to The Flags of War (2004), the alternating voices of Nate and Walt McGregor and the slave Sunday tell their entwined stories from the Battle of Shiloh until their escape from Richmond's Libby Prison a year and a half later. Read full book review >
AND IN THE MORNING by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"May be of interest to readers of war novels or anyone wanting to learn more about WWI. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Through the diary of young Jim Hay, Wilson offers a soldier's eye view of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and the events leading to it. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Reminiscent not so much of any earlier literary tradition as of slasher films from Sisters to I Spit on Your Grave."
Wilson's first US publication is an overblown British reworking of that all-American movie fantasy, the rape-revenge story. Read full book review >