The Escape: Book 1 (Henderson's Boys) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 7 in Henderson`s Boys (7 Book Series)
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This is wartime France. People are dying, by the hands of the Germans and by starvation. There is no food in the city and refugees are forced to live in squalor. Our main characters may be spared that fate, but it is all around them and described in wonderful detail in the book.
There were also a couple of instances where sexual tension was described. It would be fine for a 12 year old or up, but I wouldn't want to answer my 9 year old's questions, had I let him read it.
I will put this book on the shelf, but when my son is old enough, I will definitely be letting him read it. It's a wonderful book for the right age group.
I love this book deals with history in a way that make it come alive for the reader. Furthermore, in this day of instant everything, I think it's a great way to help teens understand that the world wasn't always just a text message away and information wasn't just there under your fingertips waiting for you to access it.
By the time Henderson came on the scene (more than halfway through - though his name does pop up early in the book), I better understood what the author had done for the first half of the book. His careful construction of the lives and stories of siblings Rosie and Paul (children of British spy Digby Clarke), and also the parallel story of Marc (a 12-year-old who escapes from an orphanage) does a fantastic job of painting a shockingly realistic portrait of not only the children and their lives and losses during the German's mad rush forward into Paris, but also the suffering and starving French soldiers and the brutality of the German (particularly the Gestapo) officers. There are many well-detailed examples of injured and exhausted refugees, bombs devastating cafes where people drinking a cup of coffee are sometimes killed by buildings collapsing and catching fire. The author does not shy away from death or telling the truth of how awful war is.
At the same time, the creativity and spunk of the children is inspiring (I loved Paul's drawings), and when Henderson meets up with Marc and then brings the three children together with him, his clever ideas to outwit the Germans and keep himself and the children alive kept my eyes glued to the page. The children all are forced into growing up in a hurry as they learn that sometimes you have to kill in order to survive. A very powerful story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, with a somewhat painful cliff-hanger ending that will make you wish you didn't have to wait for the next book in the series.
This , The Escape, is the first in the series. Very much looking forward to reading all. One note is that Amazon has it as suitable
for age 12 and up. Some of the action involves some violent killings. I would say more suitable for older children, maybe 16 or 17
I think its better than Robert Muchamores Cherubs series. You learn so much about history that makes it brilliant.
The story brings 2 charactes togther over the course of the book.
So why only 4 stars and not 5? Well Robert Muchamore did the same thing he did with Cherub, the same thing that Horowitz did with Alex Rider, The same thing they did with Young James Bond, Tom sawyer, Oliver Twist. They made all the children characters Orphans. It started in an Orphanage so I was thinkg, "here we gao another orphan" Then another two kids had a dad, but the mother was already dead, a few more page and now there dad was dead so now they are also Orphans.
Why are most of the young adult books written about orphans, its pathetic. Can't tehy write a story without an orphan? Any back to the book, its a really good read.
I hope the next is as good
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Robert Muchamore the second best writer that I have read in my hole (after the Percy Jackson books) life has serious over did this this book is great for everyone.Published on May 16, 2014 by I like pie and the game too
This is the prequel to the amazing Cherub series. It is super well written by Robert Munchamore. He paints a picture on your head. But it is a bit confusing at timesPublished on September 25, 2013 by Lil homie G
Great book. Plenty of action and I loved it. I would rate it for all age groups because they will love itPublished on September 23, 2013 by Kobe Fleming
first four chapters, the pages were half torn. (loose) rest of the book was fine. shipping was fine also. just wished the pages were glued in the book.Published on August 25, 2013 by msthamara
Absolutely amazing very well written but one thing that annoys me in this book is British people saying "cops" when usually they say "police".Published on March 5, 2013 by Adam
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