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?
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Eagle Trail a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This book is filled with action every page you turn and I couldn't put it down.' - Raj Bunet
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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.
Kids love to read and so a small number of our Lovereading4kids reader review panel members were invited to read and review this title. Click here to read their full review.
|Publication date:||3rd April 2014|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, Reluctant Readers, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
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.More About Robert Rigby