John Wilson

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Location: Lantzville, BC, Canada

A lifelong passion for history and a fascination with the past—WWI in particular—have led to over 40 historical novels and non-fiction books for kids, teens and adults.

Friday, April 08, 2016

The 7Prequels

The covers are done. 
The words are edited. 
All that remains is the long wait until September (It might as well rain until then!).

The 7Prequels will give a glimpse of DJ, Steve, Spencer, Bunny, Rennie, Webb and Adam before their adventures in the 7Series and 7Sequels. 

For their 12 or 13 birthday, grandfather takes each of the boys on a trip. Of course, all is not as it seems and the grandfather's secret life draws the boys into a hidden world of spies, murder, skiing, game fishing, lost skulls and a war with America.

The books are available for pre-order as a set or as individual titles.

The 7 authors (Eric Walters, John Wilson, Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Norah McCintock, Sigmund Brouwer and Shane Peacock), will be touring to celebrate the series release in the fall. Contact any one of them for details of where they will be and how to book them for an event at your school.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New Sam and Annabel mystery

LOST is the third book in the Sam and Annabel series of adventures for Orca Currents (the others are Stolen and Bones).
Sam and Annabel are thrilled when they win a cruise through the Northwest Passage past the site where Sir John Franklin's expedition met its tragic end in the 1840s. Perhaps they will even pass close to where, in 2014, Parks Canada discovered the complete wreck of Franklin's flagship, HMS Erebus. Maybe they will even discover something that will help solve the most famous mystery in Arctic history.
But things on the cruise are not what they seem and Sam and Annabel once more find themselves in a perilous situation, pitting their wits against their old enemy, Humphrey Battleford.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015


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Merry Christmas

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Remembrance Day Tour

Five schools and fifteen presentations to 2,100 kids from K to 12.
And all in four days. Wonderful week.
Here's a slide show and write up of the day at Upper Canada College.
Below are some photos from St Michael's in Toronto, St. Michael's in Victoria and Tall Pines in Brampton.

Monday, April 27, 2015

"…digging in for a captivating read."

Book 2 in the Tales of War from Doubleday (Book 1 is Wings of War)
Alec Shorecross is 14 and already working down the mines in Newfoundland for 13 cents an hour. WWI seems to offer Alec a chance to escape the underground darkness, so he signs up and heads overseas, his head filled with heroic dreams. Unfortunately, he soon finds himself risking his life with 169 Tunnelling Company, placing mines beneath the enemy trenches.
Read a Kirkus review of Dark Terror here.
Pre-order a copy at or
Prepare for Dark Terror by reading Wings of War.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Cover

North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames has a new eBook cover

"Somewhere on a barren Arctic shore in the summer of 1849, knowing he was dying, a British Naval officer wrapped his journal in sailcloth and buried it beneath a lonely pile of frost-shattered stones. He was the last of the 129 doomed men of Sir John Franklin's lost Arctic expedition. His name was James Fitzjames and for four years he had carefully recorded the expedition's achievements, hopes and, as things began to go horribly wrong, the descent into madness and eventual death of his closest friends. This is his journal."

Monday, December 08, 2014

Back Home

With the writing students at Vanier in Moose Jaw.
Okay, it's grey and there's a rainfall warning on the island, but it's 50 degrees warmer than when I arrived in Saskatchewan a week ago!
Despite the cold, it was a great tour in Regina and Moose Jaw, Toronto before that, and southern Ontario before that, with brief interspersed stops in Vancouver and Victoria—promoting this years' books: Broken Arrow, Wings of War, Graves of Ice, Bones and the new edition of And in the Morning.
I've only been home for two weeks out of the last eight, but I have given 60 presentations at 32 venues (schools, libraries and conferences) to approximately 6,000 kids. Hopefully that will fill a few Christmas stockings.
Thanks to Orca Publishing for their support and to Tim Horton's for having a outlet on every block in Ontario when I only had 20 minutes between schools.
Bring on the warm rain and the eggnog!