About the Book
Finalist, White Pine Award
Finalist, Stellar Award
Society of School Librarians International, Honour Book
Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, Honour Book
As a boy growing up in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power, Dieter has been seduced by the pomp and circumstance of war. But as global hostilities intensify, he is called upon to fight for his country in a conflict that he doesn’t fully understand. Now he must run from everything he knows. With most of his family dead, Berlin in ruins, and the Russian army closing in, Dieter can no longer naively cling to his childhood beliefs. The world he is facing is brutal, dirty, and unforgiving. And the most he can hope for is a chance to survive.
In this second instalment of Wandering Fox’s Fields of Conflict series, John Wilson brings history to life for young readers ages twelve and up.
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 johnwilsonauthor.com.
“Equal parts philosophical debate and historical fiction, this book, like Wilson's And in the Morning, presents a compelling and thoughtful story of war that should appeal to a wide range of readers.” —Quill & Quire
“Although students in Grade 6 should be able to understand the exciting and vividly written book, the issues it raises also make it suitable for students in senior grades. It is a superb introduction to the ambiguities and complexities that surround the study of Wolrd War II. It deals thoughtfully with a number of important and throny questions about German life and individual responsibility versus collective guilt during the Nazi era. It realistically describes the instutionalized pre-war anti-Semitism of the Nazis, which led inexorably to Holocaust's death camps. As well, the destruction of Berlin and the vicious battles between SS Panzer units and Canadians and Caen, in 1944, are honestly portrayed.” —CM Magazine