Dark Terror

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Alec Shorecross is 14 and has already left school to work in the local mine. He's paid 13 cents an hour to toil in the underground darkness. When war breaks out, Alec ships overseas in search of a different life and a way to contribute. He dreams of doing something heroic but soon Alec finds himself underground again. While soldiers and aircraft engage in battles on the ground and in the sky, down, deep below the surface Alec joins the invisible crew of combatants who risk their lives building tunnels so that they can place mines beneath enemy territory. This dramatic and realistic story shows us a little-known side of war and the role of one brave and determined young man.
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About the author

A self-proclaimed history addict, JOHN WILSON writes historical fiction and non-fiction for kids, teens and adults. He is the author of 31 books, 300 articles and essays, 30 poems and hundreds of book reviews. Wilson tours schools across Canada talking to kids of all ages about his writing, research and books. He lives in Lantzville on Vancouver Island.
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Publisher
Penguin Group
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Published on
Aug 25, 2015
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780385678339
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / General
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Military & Wars
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