Shadow on the Mountain

By Margi Preus

Shadow at the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen in the course of international warfare II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his pals are swept up within the Norwegian resistance flow. Espen will get his begin through offering unlawful newspapers, then graduates to the function of courier and at last turns into a secret agent, dodging the Gestapo alongside the best way. in the course of 5 years less 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 contains archival images, maps, and different pictures to inform this tale in line with the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten, whom Preus interviewed in Norway.

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"Newbery Honor winner Preus infuses the tale with the good-natured humor of a mostly unified, peace-loving humans attempting to hold their sanity in a global long past awry. according to a real tale, the narrative is woven with vigorous adequate day-by-day ancient element to encourage older middle-grade readers to wish to profit extra concerning the Resistance flow and imitate Espen’s adventures."
Kirkus stories, starred review

"This engrossing providing sheds mild at the Norwegians’ braveness in the course of global conflict II. Preus masterfully weds a narrative of friendship with the issues confronted via 14-year-old Espen and his pals as Nazi regulations and atrocities turn into a part of their daily lives...This is without delay a undercover 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 ancient novel... relates this wartime story with intelligence and humor...Ms. Preus deftly makes use of jointly old truth (Espen relies on a real-life undercover agent) and parts of Norwegian tradition to conjure a time and position now not so extraordinarily lengthy ago."
The Wall road Journal

"Margi Preus, who received a Newbery honor for center of a Samurai, returns with one other riveting paintings of historic fiction... This superb novel, along with an author’s be aware, a timeline, a bibliography or even a recipe for invisible ink, relies on huge research... the result's an actual coming-of-age tale, ideal for readers occupied with the diary of Anne Frank or Lois Lowry’s vintage, Number the Stars."
BookPage

"The ultimate chapters, which chronicle Espen’s dramatic break out to Sweden—days and nights of mountain snowboarding, Nazis in sizzling pursuit—take the e-book into adventure-thriller territory with out wasting the humanity that characterizes Preus’s account."
The Horn booklet Magazine

"Preus makes crystal transparent the lifestyles imperiling dangers that Espen undertakes and the chance to his family."
—The Bulletin of the heart for kid's Books

"As readers comprehend the hazards that Espen took, they're going to are looking to examine extra approximately this era. That Espen escaped to Sweden through touring at evening on skis with 5 diverse publications may still intrigue them.”
—Library Media Connection

Awards
VOYA most sensible Shelf for heart university Readers 2012 list
2013 impressive Books for an international Society
Dorothy Canfield Fisher booklet Award
 

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Ingrid exclaimed. “There’s much I don’t recognize. ” Espen laughed and strolled away, then known as again, “Wasn’t the cake simply grand? ” Their laughter pealed during the empty streets. Espen crept into the Dahls’ condominium quietly. It was once past due. Solveig and her mom and dad have been certain to be asleep. He may say see you later within the morning. He did what he did each evening: he filled all his outfits and his sneakers into his rucksack and set it subsequent to the sofa. That method he might, in a single quick circulate, seize his dozing bag off the sofa with one hand and his rucksack with the opposite and race down the steps to the basement. And, if important, from there out the hurricane cellar door into the evening. Then he climbed into his dozing bag and loved the scrumptious feeling of a hot bag and a drained physique. It used to be past due; the clock within the corridor ticked sleepily. He concept for a couple of moments in regards to the social gathering. loads of his neighbors from tuition have been there—minus his football teammates. Their absence made the get together bittersweet. Like loads of issues these days, Espen inspiration. yet there were a few foodstuff, and that used to be great: herring and brown bread, and somebody had gotten carry of a pleasant chew of Jarlsberg cheese. however the finishing touch were the cake. Ingrid’s buddy, Caroline, have been so overjoyed to discover a chocolate cake with white frosting within the bakery downtown, and it did glance scrumptious. She made a bit functionality out of slicing into it and ensuring all people acquired an equal-size slice. Espen’s mouth had began watering immediately, yet he controlled to maintain from consuming till every person had a slice. ultimately, Caroline stated, “Vær så god,” and Espen, in addition to everybody else, attacked the dessert. yet, after the 1st chunk, there have been a second of silence. The visitors checked out each other. “What on the earth is it? ” Caroline stated, and they’d all burst out guffawing. “Rye bread … I think,” Nils spoke back. “With crushed egg whites for frosting! ” Kari extra. It was once bad. yet, after all, they ate it besides. Espen fell asleep with a grin on his face, made up our minds to have a dream of genuine cake. He by no means might have dreamt what was once transpiring at his personal apartment at that very second. ngrid walked domestic, smiling. She used to be tickled approximately Espen and Solveig and used to be laughing whilst she opened front door. Her laughter caught in her throat whilst she was once seized by way of Gestapo officials. others stood with their weapons expert on her mom and dad. Her mom and dad sat at the sofa, her mom in her dressing costume, her father nonetheless in his paintings blouse. Her mom used to be faded yet appeared stoic and made up our minds. Ingrid might see that they have been attempting to remain calm, yet she felt one of those panic welling in her chest. She attempted to take a breath yet couldn’t—she felt as though she have been plunged into an icy circulate. “Good night, miss,” acknowledged the older of the 2 officials. He appeared newly shaved, with a fresh blouse. as though he were making plans to wait a celebration. Then she notion: possibly this used to be the get together. “We were looking ahead to you,” he stated, “and your brother. ” Ingrid stated not anything based on the officer, so he further, “He isn’t with you?

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