And in the Morning

Fields of Conflict-The Somme, 1916

By (author): John Wilson
ISBN 9781772030143
Softcover | Publication Date: October 17, 2014
Book Dimensions: 5 in x 7 in
224 Pages
$12.95 CAD

About the Book

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(s)

John Wilson is the author of numerous books of historical fiction for children and young adults. Wilson’s Fields of Conflict series (which includes The Flags of War, Flames of the Tiger, and And in the Morning) explores the impact of war on ordinary people and makes history come alive for his young audiences. He lives in Lantzville, BC. For more information, visit


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

"This compelling novel dramatizes the complexity of very timely topics. Told in realistic diary format, it's a brutal coming-of-age for mid-teen, Scottish orphan, Jim Hay, in the filthy trenches of France."

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