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The Eagle Trail

Written by Robert Rigby

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April 2014 Book of the Month A master storyteller, Robert Rigby sends shivers down the spine in this gripping story of one boy’s escape from Nazi-occupied Antwerp to safety. When Paul sees his father shot in front of him and his mother arrested by the Germans he knows he must flee from everything he knows. To make the journey he has to along the treacherous Eagle Trail into Spain he has to put his trust in others but, dare he do so?

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  • Raj Bunet, age 12 - 'This book is filled with action every page you turn and I couldn't put it down.'
  • Belinda Brooke - 'The story is gripping from start to finish with a real crescendo in the action at the end.'
  • Rose Heathcote, age 14 - 'Overall I enjoyed this book, it lacked pace at times which made it difficult to stick with, however I am glad I did because it finished with an exciting twist.'
  • Erin Monaf, age 11 - 'The book was truly amazing and unforgettable and had plot twists. I would recommend this to anyone who is a sucker for an amazing book.'
  • James Smith - 'A very Interesting story, action packed and exhilarating.'


The Eagle Trail by Robert Rigby

Who is the traitor among us? WWII, German-occupied Antwerp, and life continues as usual for 16-year-old Paul Hansen - until his father is shot. Paul learns that his parents are part of a group of resistance fighters and he's whisked away by Jos Theys, his father's closest friend, to the home of an elderly couple. There Paul learns he must leave Antwerp as quickly as possible and travel south through France and across the Pyrenees into Spain, and from there to England, and freedom.

It is a journey to save his life. Along the way he is aided by a collection of courageous men and women prepared to risk everything to help him in his desperate fight for survival. Danger is ever present; who can Paul really trust? A high-octane WWII adventure story and with its short chapters and fast pace, this book is ideal for reluctant readers.

A sequel will follow in 2015.


Beautifully researched and sheds a lot of light on the way in which the resistance movement in occupied France began. It's not easy to take this level of research and accuracy and blend it with an exciting story but Rigby has done a grand job of just that. The Book Bag Read if you dare! -- Nick Tucker Independent on Sunday It's not easy to take this level of research and accuracy and blend it with an exciting story but Rigby has done a grand job of just that The Book Bag Robert Rigby's historical drama is well-researched and fast-paced. Some tense scenes feel really cinematic and the story is peppered with bursts of action that will delight thrill-seekers. But the severity of Paul's situation is not lost in gun-fire and explosions; the book carries the weight of its war theme and will make a useful addition to any school lessons on the subject. A colourful cast of supporting characters adds some memorable moments - the Bugatti-loving priest is a particular highlight. Whilst this feels very much a boys story it should be pointed out that young resistance recruit Josette can certainly hold her own Booktrust Spine-tingling The Oxford Times Weaves interesting historical details into the story ... a tense story of courage and betrayal The Publisher's Association's Best New Children's Books Summer 2014, The Guardian Exceptional Yorkshire Reporter

About the Author

Robert Rigby

Robert Rigby is co-author of the hugely successful Boy Soldier series, written with Andy McNab. His other fiction incudes the novels of the Goal! movies and a stand-alone novel in the series - Goal: Glory Days. He is the author of the four official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic novels for children. Robert also writes for the theatre, television and radio, and is a prolific songwriter. He lives in Oxford.

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

3rd April 2014




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