Secret Soldiers by Keely Hutton audiobook

Secret Soldiers: A Novel

By Keely Hutton
Read by Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Young Listeners 9780374309039
6.97 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Over a quarter million underage British boys fought on the Allied front lines of the Great War, but not all of them fought on the battlefield—some fought beneath it, as revealed in this middle-grade historical adventure about a deadly underground mission. Secret Soldiers follows the journey of Thomas, a thirteen-year-old coal miner, who lies about his age to join the Claykickers, a specialized crew of soldiers known as “tunnelers,” in hopes of finding his missing older brother. Thomas works in the tunnels of the Western Front alongside three other soldier boys whose constant bickering and inexperience in mining may prove more lethal than the enemy digging toward them. But as they burrow deeper beneath the battlefield, the boys discover the men they hope to become and forge a bond of brotherhood. Secret Soldiers is another stunning story of strength, perseverance, and love from Keely Hutton.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Over a quarter million underage British boys fought on the Allied front lines of the Great War, but not all of them fought on the battlefield—some fought beneath it, as revealed in this middle-grade historical adventure about a deadly underground mission.

Secret Soldiers follows the journey of Thomas, a thirteen-year-old coal miner, who lies about his age to join the Claykickers, a specialized crew of soldiers known as “tunnelers,” in hopes of finding his missing older brother. Thomas works in the tunnels of the Western Front alongside three other soldier boys whose constant bickering and inexperience in mining may prove more lethal than the enemy digging toward them. But as they burrow deeper beneath the battlefield, the boys discover the men they hope to become and forge a bond of brotherhood.

Secret Soldiers is another stunning story of strength, perseverance, and love from Keely Hutton.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[An] affecting story of endurance, valor and brotherhood.” Wall Street Journal
“Narrator Raphael Corkhill is superb. He gives each boy a voice matching his nickname and personality…[and] deftly infuses kindness into the gruff and demanding officer who helps the teens bond into a cohesive unit. The horror and danger of war are palpable in a subplot involving an unnamed adult soldier who is fighting above ground. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Hutton engages readers from the first page with the sights, sounds, and vibrant feel of the era.” School Library Journal
“The narrative seamlessly blends historical fact with the intense personal experiences of the four boys…A captivating tale of down-to-earth heroism and a personal exposé of life in the trenches from the perspective of likable, engaging characters.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Keely Hutton

Author Bio: Keely Hutton

Keely Hutton is a novelist, educational journalist, and former teacher. She is the recipient of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop scholarship at Chautauqua. She worked closely with Ricky Richard Anywar to tell his story in her first novel, Soldier Boy.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 6.97
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English