Written in Blood by John Wilson

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Set in the harsh desert world of the Arizona Territory and northern Mexico during the 1870s, Written in Blood follows young Jim Doolen as he attempts to find some trace of the father who abandoned his family ten years earlier. As he travels through a scorched landscape very different from the lush West Coast forests of his home, Jim crosses paths with an assortment of intriguing characters, including an Apache warrior, a cave-dwelling mystic, an old Mexican revolutionary and a mysterious cowboy. And with each encounter he learns something more of the strange world he has entered and adds one more link in a chain that leads back to his father-and back to a dark, violent past. As his story approaches its thrilling conclusion in a ruined Mexican hacienda, Jim comes to realize that his father's life was much more complex than he had imagined, and that, in discovering his past, he has opened the way to his future.

About John Wilson

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John Wilson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of numerous books for young people. He has written other Stories of Canada titles, including Righting Wrongs and Discovering the Arctic, both of which were shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for children's non-fiction. He lives in Lantzville, British Columbia.
Published October 1, 2010 by Orca Book Publishers. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Westerns, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sixteen-year-old Jim has left his 1870s home in Canada and, based on clues from an old letter, is traveling to the Mexican border village of Casas Grandes in search of his long-missing father.

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Buried among a mass of his papers in a Texas university, it contradicts assumptions often made about his "anti-war" stance:    Because we are going from    our wonted places    To be task-ridden by one shattering Aim,    And terror hides in all our laughing faces &...

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New Scientist

He read one of these books - Stuart Kind's The Scientific Investigation of Crime, 420 pages long - at a single sitting, which shows the kind of stamina he has.

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