Across Frozen Seas


Short-listed for the 1998 Sheila A. Egoff Award for Children’s Literature and Geoffrey Bilson Award

In his third young adult title, John Wilson takes on the rich territory of the 1845 Franklin expedition. Cabin boy David Young travels aboard the ill-fated vessel the HMS Erebus from London, England, en route to Canada’s frozen and uncharted north, and his adventures comes to a modern-day Dave Young in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, in a series of dreams.


Sheila A. Egoff Award for Children’s Literature
Geoffrey Bilson Award


"the facts of the Franklin voyage are made visceral and real for a new generation of armchair


"Teens interested in the mysterious fate of the Franklin crew will find much satisfaction in this novel."

Quill & Quire

"John Wilson's use of dream travel to explore and examine creatively The Franklin Expedition keeps the reader turning the pages right to the last."

Prairie Fire

About the Author

John Wilson

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

John Wilson

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.