Search Results: "John Wilson"


BOOK REVIEW

WINGS OF WAR by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"A fine, old-fashioned-feeling coming-of-age tale set in the World War I skies. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Edward Simpson dreams of being a pilot, and World War I affords him the opportunity. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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DARK TERROR by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A fascinating war tale that will have young readers digging in for a captivating read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1915, 15-year-old miner Alec Shorecross decides to leave the army and join the Royal Flying Corps but finds himself in an "underground war" instead, in Wilson's second novel marking the centenary of World War I (Wings of War, 2014).Read full book review >

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BROKEN ARROW by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Informative but not inspired. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Steve's dream of a relaxing holiday in Spain is disrupted when he receives an email from his brother that makes him question everything he knows about his grandfather. Read full book review >

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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 >

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THE MISSING SKULL by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A mysterious game that is unfortunately not that much fun to play. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Steve is thrilled when his enigmatic grandfather announces it is finally his turn to take a trip, but camping on a remote lake in northern Ontario seems pretty lame compared to his twin brother's epic adventure in Central America. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >