Secret Army

Secret Army

Book rating: 04 Paperback Hendersons Boys

By (author) Robert Muchamore

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  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 28mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 034095650X
  • ISBN 13: 9780340956502
  • Sales rank: 2,765

Product description

Britain, 1941. The government is building a secret army of intelligence agents to work undercover, gathering information and planning sabotage operations. Henderson's boys are part of that network: kids cut adrift by the war, training for the fight of their lives. They'll have to parachute into unknown territory, travel cross-country and outsmart a bunch of adults in a daredevil exercise. In wartime Britain, anything goes.

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Robert Muchamore was born in Islington in 1972 and spent thirteen years working as a private investigator. He was inspired to create the CHERUB series by his nephew's complaint about the lack of anything for him to read!

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By Jessy Wan 14 Apr 2014 4

This book is by far the greatest in the Henderson Boys' series. The characters are becoming more and more interesting. Besides, PT and Rosie are killing me with their cuteness! I liked PT so much, ever since from Eagle Day. I'm now starting on Grey Wolves and it's as good as it can be.
Trust me, you would not regret for buying this book. It's all a teenager can dream for; training for their lives, being a spy, saving their country. I might say, Mr. Muchamore writes the best spy novels for teenagers?

By Tasha 28 Feb 2010 5

A sign of a good book? Reading it straight through in an evening, pausing only to grab a drink or food. Well, that's what I did with this one because I literally couldn't put it down!


The Henderson's Boys series is pretty much a prequel to the CHERUB series. CHERUB is an organisation that was set up by Charles Henderson during World War II, training youngsters to become secret agents - because no one suspects a kid. The first two books have had Henderson, along with a handful of war orphans, scuppering the Nazi's plans to envade England. they have now made it back to Britain and set up a training facility. Secret Army folllows the first lot of kids through their training and a final test which will enable them to be allowed to be dropped into occupied Europe on actual missions.


Really great plot, combining the exciting adventure I've come to expect from this and the CHERUB books as well as loads of great detail about how the CHERUB organisation came to be.

By Jack K. 14 Feb 2010 4

I loved this book. I read it within 3 days of getting it. The only fault I found was the fact it focused too much - for my liking - on training. Robert did manage to fit action in, but I would have liked more action. Still, what a good book! I'd defiantly recommend it [but read The Escape and Eagle Day first to know what's going on]

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'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 Escape) Amanda Craig, The Times 'It has the feel of something quite big and satisfying...Muchamore's voice is fresh and direct.' (The Escape) The Daily Telegraph Mixes espionage and gritty realism when dealing with children in the midst of a war Waterstones Quarterly, 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.' (The Escape) Aaron, 14, First News Praise for books in the CHERUB series: 'Punchy, exciting, glamorous and, what's more, you'll completely wish it was true.' The Sunday Express