And in the Morning
And in the Morning: The Somme, 1916 (Fields of Conflict)
And in the Morning
Fifteen-year-old Jim Hay believes that war is a glorious adventure and cannot wait for his turn to fight. But as his father marches off to battle in August 1914, Jim must be content to record his thoughts and dreams in his journal. All too quickly, however, Jim’s life begins to unravel. His father is killed in action, his mother suffers a breakdown, and when Jim does at last join up, it is as much to find refuge as it is to seek glory. In the trenches of France, his romantic views of war are dispelled, and his longing for adventure is replaced by a basic need to survive.

Book Details


  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Young Jim Hay dreams of joining the Great War. To fight for his country would be the greatest honor, to prove himself as a man in such a noble fight is his desire. War and fighting seem more noble and pure in his hometown rather than horrendous. After the deaths of his father and mother, nothing stops Jim from joining the war and experiencing the horrors of trench warfare.

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