Private Rabjohn was a trained artist, and as such he was assigned to draw dugouts, map newly captured trenches. This allowed him to carry an artist's sketchbook on the battlefield - a freedom he put to good use, drawing everything he saw. Here, in vivid detail, are images of the captured pilot of a downed German biplane; the horrific Flanders mud; a German observation balloon exploding in midair. Award-winning author John Wilson brings his skills as a historian and researcher to bear, carefully curating the diary to provide context and tell the story of Private Rabjohn's war.
“PRAISE FOR Wings of War : "Wilson writes eloquently about one boy's love of flight and his dream of flying. . . . Thoroughly engaging." -- Kirkus Reviews "Teen fiction rarely gets so involved with notions of morality in war. A thoughtful, provocative work." -- Booklist PRAISE FOR Dark Terror : "A fascinating war tale that will have young readers digging in for a captivating read." - -Kirkus Reviews "A fast-moving, gripping take on a little-explored side of the war effort." -- National Reading Campaign”
PRAISE FOR A Solider's Sketchbook: "The extracts from the diary describe intimate wartime experiences of death and destruction in gruesomely dispassionate terms . . . it's a story of unmitigated horror, highlighting more than any textbook the futility of war . . . This unique compilation of firsthand impressions of the Great War will be a valuable resource for adults and teens with an interest in this turning point in world history." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
"The excellent and succinct text . . . provides context for Rabjohn's short diary entries, many of which merely scratch the surface of the suffering he experienced during his time at war." --Starred Review, Quill & Quire
"A Soldier's Sketchbook is a remarkably singular addition to the extensive body of literature devoted to Canadians in 'The Great War.'" --CM Magazine
"[A Soldier's Sketchbook] is a captivating introduction to the realities of the Great War." --Booklist
"Ideal for sophisticated readers for its firsthand account of World War I." --School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR Wings of War
"Wilson writes eloquently about one boy's love of flight and his dream of flying . . . Thoroughly engaging." --Kirkus Reviews
"Teen fiction rarely gets so involved with notions of morality in war. A thoughtful, provocative work." --Booklist
PRAISE FOR Dark Terror
"A fascinating war tale that will have young readers digging in for a captivating read." --Kirkus Reviews
"A fast-moving, gripping take on a little-explored side of the war effort." --National Reading Campaign
JOHN WILSON was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to Canada after university to work as a geologist. Eventually he began to write full time, and today he is one of Canada's best-known authors of historical fiction and nonfiction for kids, teens, and adults. He's published more than forty books, including several novels set during the First World War- Wings of War, Dark Terror, And in the Morning and Shot at Dawn. His books have won or been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Text, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, the Red Maple and White Pine Awards, the Hackmatack Children's Choice Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, and the prestigious Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction. John Wilson lives in Lantzville on Vancouver Island.