Henderson's Boys 2: Eagle Day by Robert Muchamore

Henderson's Boys 2: Eagle Day

Written by Robert Muchamore
Part of the Henderson's Boys Series

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Bestselling Robert Muchamore continues his series about the young runaway kids and now agents who, recruited as spies, help to win World War Two. Translating messages from the German top brass about Eagle Day, the date on which they intend to invade England, the agents and their leader Charles Henderson use their intelligence to hatch a plan to destroy the invasion fleet. High stakes and high tension make this a thrilling addition to the series. Click here to view the first in the Henderson’s Boys series together with the titles in the author’s other series – Cherub.

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Guaranteed to set the pulse racing, Eagle Day is the second in the Henderson's Boys series from the bestselling and award-winning Robert Muchamore. If you know anyone who thinks history is boring or dull then get them hooked on history through Muchamore's writing instead. This series as well as his related Cherub series will inform and entertain like nothing else. With straightforward language; short snappy sentences even the most reluctant of readers will find this a straightforward and gripping series to read.

Comment from the author:
'In the Summer of 1940 Britain was fighting alone against superior German forces. Hitler planned to invade England before winter weather made it impossible and had set the invasion date for the second week of September. These days living in Britain feels pretty secure, so it's hard to imagine what it must have been like with bombs dropping out of the sky and the imminent threat of a German invasion. But of course, Henderson's Boys weren't going to sit back and let that happen.'

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Henderson's Boys 2: Eagle Day by Robert Muchamore

From Adolf Hitler, July 16th 1940: 'Despite her hopeless military situation, England shows no sign of willingness to come to terms. I have decided to prepare, and if necessary to carry out, a landing operation against her.'

As the Battle of Britain rages, Charles Henderson and four young agents must do everything they can to thwart Hitler’s plans to cross the channel and invade Southern England. He is the last British spy left in occupied France in 1940, living on a farm near Calais with four runaway kids cut adrift by the war. He and his young agents are playing a dangerous game: translating for the German high command and sending information back to Britain about the Nazi plans to invade England in September, on Eagle Day. The RAF must destroy the Nazi invasion fleet, but Northern France is heavily defended and the camouflaged barges are impossible to target at night. Together, Henderson and his team hatch a daring plan to guide the British bombers to their target. Their lives are on the line, but the stakes couldn't possibly be higher.


PT BIVOTT - the one with the dodgy past:
Philippe Tomas Bivott – known to all as PT - was born in Chicago to first generation immigrants from France. His father was a talented thief, but when a robbery went disastrously wrong thirteen year old PT stowed away on a boat to Europe, with nothing but the clothes on his back and a sack stuffed with twenty dollar bills...By the age of fifteen PT has been fending for himself for two years. He’s worked as a cabin boy on cruise ships travelling to North Africa and cheated his way to a small fortune at the poker table. But is PT loyal to anyone other than himself?

PAUL CLARKE - the artistic one:
Paul’s mother died from cancer shortly before the war, leaving him in the care of his British father, who worked as the French sales representative of the Imperial Wireless Corporation. After his mother’s death, Paul’s father was urged to send his son to a school in Great Britain. However, Mr Clarke feared that a sensitive boy like Paul would fare badly in the tough atmosphere of a 1940s boarding school. Instead, Paul remained in Paris where he attended an English language school and lived in a small apartment, with his father and his older sister. Paul is slim and quiet. He’d rather spend time alone drawing, rather than hanging out with other kids.

ROSIE CLARKE - the one who isn't a boy:
Rosie was born in England but spent most of her early years living in Paris with her brother Paul and her father, Digby. Until the Germans invaded France she thought that her father was a wireless salesman, but when she finds out that he’s also an intelligence agent it’s her toughness and quick thinking that saves the day. Rosie is tough, bossy and a natural leader.

MARC KILGOUR - the good-looking rebel:
Marc was abandoned as a baby at Beauvais station north of Paris. His mother was never found and he spent the first twelve years of his life living in an all-boys orphanage run by the catholic church. Marc is popular and outgoing, although he can be painfully shy around girls. His sheltered upbringing in a rural orphanage means he knows very little about the world beyond farming and schoolwork. Marc’s average appearance belies a significant intelligence. His gift for foreign languages was recognised by a friendly teacher who taught Marc to speak German, a very useful skill in German occupied France.

For even more background on the characters in the Henderson's Boys series go to www.hendersonsboys.com.


A thrilling page turner you won't want to put down Western Mail 'Muchamore's plain, punchy,often funny style ... is highly effective. This clever, tense novel is a great way of getting bored boys interested in history.

, The Times 'It has the feel of something quite big and satisfying...Muchamore's voice is fresh and direct.

, March 2009 'This book was un-putdownable. It gripped me from start to finish, and was just as good as the CHERUB series, if not better.

, 14, First News Praise for books in the CHERUB series: 'Punchy, exciting, glamorous and, what's more, you'll completely wish it was true.

'an exciting action packed tale... a thrilling page turner that you won't want to put down'

About the Author

Robert Muchamore

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors - Read more about the WBD book Rock War Audition here.
Robert Muchamore was our Guest Editor in Feb 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

ROBERT MUCHAMORE was born in Islington in 1972. As a teenager he dreamt of either becoming an architect, a photographer or a writer. On discovering that architects have to train for seven years and after quitting his Saturday job in a camera shop, he saved up enough money to buy a word processor and set his heart on writing. The only problem was, he didn't know what to write. So, he found a regular job and spent thirteen years as a private investigator.

Robert grew up listening to mix tapes sent to him by his older brother, developing tastes for indie bands like Joy Division, The Pogues and The Smiths. The idea for Rock War came from seeing that many of Robert's fans turned up at book signings wearing the logos of long dead rock bands, and a realisation that his online fan forum had more kids talking about the X-Factor than about his books.

See a video of Robert talking about his book People's Republic.


Questions & Answers

Who is your favourite author/illustrator?
For kids books I would have to say Rene Goscinny. I loved the Asterix books and
the Little Nicholas series when I was a kid and read each one over and over.

Do you like healthy or fast food? Do you like to cook?
I quite enjoy cooking a special meal or something like that, but everyday cooking is a chore. My taste in food is quite low brow. If I go to a swanky restaurant I often find myself looking at all the fancy stuff on the menu and wishing I could just get steak and chips or a baked potato.

Are you good at sport? Do you enjoy watching, playing, supporting?
I started regularly going to Highbury when I was a teenager and I’m still a big Arsenal fan, but when it comes to playing sport I’m completely useless. I was always the kid who got picked last.

What do you like to do on the weekend?
My ideal weekend is just pottering around the house, looking at the newspapers, reading books, watching movies and listening to music.

If you had one magical power, what would it be?
I’m not really into magic, but I’d quite like a big laser. I could carry it around bookshops and threaten to melt the heads of anyone who leaves the shop without buying a CHERUB book. It would also be handy for parking attendants.

CHERUB is a branch of British Intelligence. Cherubs are trained professionals, aged between ten and seventeen. They live on CHERUB campus, a secret facility hidden in the English countryside. For official purposes, these children do not exist.

Only CHERUB agents can unearth the truth. They’re trained professionals with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.

There are about 300 children, mostly orphans on the CHERUB campus all training to become CHERUB agents. They are ranked according to the colour of T shirts they wear on campus. Lauren and James are brother and sister and are two of the leading CHERUB agents and have recently been awarded the Black T shirt in recognition of outstanding achievement over a number of missions.

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4th June 2009




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