Shadow on the Mountain
Preus accommodates archival photos, maps, and different pictures to inform this tale in accordance with the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten, whom Preus interviewed in Norway.
Praise for Shadow at the Mountain
"Newbery Honor winner Preus infuses the tale with the good-natured humor of a principally unified, peace-loving humans attempting to continue their sanity in an international long past awry. in keeping with a real tale, the narrative is woven with full of life adequate day-by-day old element to encourage older middle-grade readers to wish to benefit extra concerning the Resistance move and imitate Espen’s adventures."
—Kirkus reports, starred review
"This engrossing supplying sheds mild at the Norwegians’ braveness in the course of international warfare II. Preus masterfully weds a narrative of friendship with the problems confronted by means of 14-year-old Espen and his pals as Nazi regulations and atrocities develop into a part of their daily lives...This is immediately a secret agent mystery, a coming-of-age tale, and a chronicle of escalating bravery. Multidimensional characters fill this gripping story that retains readers riveted to the end."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"A heavily researched historic novel... relates this wartime story with intelligence and humor...Ms. Preus deftly makes use of jointly ancient truth (Espen relies on a real-life secret agent) and parts of Norwegian tradition to conjure a time and position no longer so extraordinarily lengthy ago."
—The Wall highway Journal
"Margi Preus, who gained a Newbery honor for center of a Samurai, returns with one other riveting paintings of historic fiction... This positive novel, along with an author’s be aware, a timeline, a bibliography or even a recipe for invisible ink, relies on large research... the result's an genuine coming-of-age tale, excellent for readers serious about the diary of Anne Frank or Lois Lowry’s vintage, Number the Stars."
"The ultimate chapters, which chronicle Espen’s dramatic break out to Sweden—days and nights of mountain snowboarding, Nazis in sizzling pursuit—take the ebook into adventure-thriller territory with out wasting the humanity that characterizes Preus’s account."
—The Horn booklet Magazine
"Preus makes crystal transparent the existence imperiling hazards that Espen undertakes and the risk to his family."
—The Bulletin of the guts for kid's Books
"As readers comprehend the dangers that Espen took, they are going to are looking to study extra approximately this era. That Espen escaped to Sweden by means of touring at evening on skis with 5 various publications should still intrigue them.”
—Library Media Connection
VOYA most sensible Shelf for center tuition Readers 2012 list
2013 striking Books for a world Society
Dorothy Canfield Fisher e-book Award
“normal operating days.” a couple of entries farther on she had written in mammoth, daring letters, GERMANY HAS ATTACKED RUSSIA!!! a ways says, “Now Hitler has bitten off greater than he can chew!” we will be able to purely wish. You’d imagine the lecturers may ease up on us, what with the entire hardships individuals are dealing with, yet no. no longer one little bit of it. It’s as though they're desirous to impart to us everything—everything they be aware of, every thing there's to understand. Mor says they're “arming us with wisdom” prior to the Nazis take over the.
many of us have been going approximately their paintings whereas additionally quietly undermining the occupying energy in no matter what means they can. He sidled over to the place of work door and heard his father chatting with one other guy. “There’s a threat, after all, yet I don’t imagine it’s that dangerous,” the guy used to be announcing. “Quisling want to hinder the letters from being introduced, but—” His father interrupted. “He’s enormously younger to be …” yet Espen couldn’t pay attention the remainder of it. have been they speaking approximately him? Espen puzzled.
one that grew to become his head. yet no longer quickly sufficient. Espen had obvious who it was once. Kjell. They hadn’t performed a lot jointly in recent years, however it was that he and Kjell had spent each waking second with one another. simply final April, after the Germans invaded, they'd spent the following days with their ears pressed to the radio and their eyes at the roads, listening, observing, ready. And spying. The April day the German military reached their valley, Espen had Kjell alongside paths worn into the snow, top.
the impending football fit. For the 1st time in so long as someone may perhaps bear in mind, his workforce had a shot—a genuine shot—at the championship. He questioned if Kjell may appear for the sport. He hadn’t been at practices for a very long time now. If he got here, Espen might ask him why he’d been in a automobile with German infantrymen. The steep climb had made Espen overheat. He stopped and took off his windcheater, which he crammed into his rucksack. even if he couldn’t see it, he may possibly listen the roar of a far off.
licensed; all tune texts censored AUGUST 2 Radios confiscated (exceptions for participants of NS) AUGUST 20 All Resistance in German-occupied nations is to be attributed to Communists; for each German killed in such instances, 50–100 hostages are to be finished SEPTEMBER 26 dying penalty for trying to “escape to enemy territory, or actions on behalf of the enemy” DECEMBER 26– 27 British commando raids opposed to a few coastal cities DECEMBER 29 extra German troops and ships despatched to Norway.