By Margi Preus
Hadow at the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen in the course of global warfare II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his pals are swept up within the Norwegian resistance circulation. Espen will get his commence through providing unlawful newspapers, then graduates to the function of courier and eventually 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 pictures, maps, and different pictures to inform this tale in line 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 mostly unified, peace-loving humans attempting to hold their sanity in a global long past awry. in response to a real tale, the narrative is woven with vigorous sufficient day-by-day old aspect to encourage older middle-grade readers to need to benefit extra concerning the Resistance flow and imitate Espen's adventures."
—Kirkus experiences, starred review
"This engrossing delivering sheds gentle at the Norwegians' braveness in the course of international warfare II. Preus masterfully weds a narrative of friendship with the problems confronted through 14-year-old Espen and his buddies as Nazi regulations and atrocities turn into a part of their daily lives...This is right away 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 magazine, starred review
"A heavily researched ancient novel... relates this wartime story with intelligence and humor...Ms. Preus deftly makes use of jointly historic truth (Espen is predicated on a real-life undercover agent) and components of Norwegian tradition to conjure a time and position now not so extraordinarily lengthy ago."
—The Wall highway Journal
"Margi Preus, who gained a Newbery honor for middle of a Samurai, returns with one other riveting paintings of old fiction... This fantastic novel, including an author's word, a timeline, a bibliography or even a recipe for invisible ink, is predicated on huge research... the result's an real coming-of-age tale, excellent for readers thinking about the diary of Anne Frank or Lois Lowry's vintage, quantity the Stars."
"The ultimate chapters, which chronicle Espen's dramatic get away to Sweden—days and nights of mountain snowboarding, Nazis in scorching pursuit—take the e-book into adventure-thriller territory with no wasting the humanity that characterizes Preus's account."
—The Horn e-book Magazine
"Preus makes crystal transparent the existence imperiling dangers that Espen undertakes and the risk to his family."
—The Bulletin of the guts for Children's Books
"As readers comprehend the hazards that Espen took, they'll are looking to study extra approximately this era. That Espen escaped to Sweden via touring at evening on skis with 5 various courses may still intrigue them."
—Library Media Connection
VOYA best Shelf for heart institution Readers 2012 list
2013 extraordinary Books for an international Society
Dorothy Canfield Fisher publication Award
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