Shadow on the Mountain

Margi Preus

Shadow at the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen in the course of international struggle II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his neighbors are swept up within the Norwegian resistance circulation. Espen will get his begin by way of providing unlawful newspapers, then graduates to the function of courier and eventually turns into a undercover agent, dodging the Gestapo alongside the best way. in the course of 5 years lower than the Nazi regime, he gains—and loses—friends, falls in love, and makes one small mistake that threatens to meet up with him as he units out to flee on skis over the mountains to Sweden.
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

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2013 striking Books for a world Society
Dorothy Canfield Fisher e-book Award

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