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By Margi Preus

Shadow 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 associates are swept up within the Norwegian resistance flow. Espen will get his commence by way of providing unlawful newspapers, then graduates to the position of courier and eventually turns into a secret agent, dodging the Gestapo alongside the way in which. 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 contains archival pictures, 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 retain their sanity in an international long gone awry. in keeping with a real tale, the narrative is woven with energetic sufficient day-by-day ancient element to motivate older middle-grade readers to wish to profit extra in regards to the Resistance circulate and imitate Espen’s adventures."
Kirkus reports, starred review

"This engrossing providing sheds mild at the Norwegians’ braveness in the course of global 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 develop into a part of their daily lives...This is instantly 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 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 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 tremendous novel, including 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, ideal for readers thinking 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 booklet into adventure-thriller territory with no wasting the humanity that characterizes Preus’s account."
The Horn publication Magazine

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

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

VOYA most sensible Shelf for center institution Readers 2012 list
2013 outstanding Books for a world Society
Dorothy Canfield Fisher ebook Award

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A pair approached from the opposite course, and Kjell strode away. Espen stared after his former pal, then went again to Ingrid and advised her to move instantly home—no dillydallying—and to inform Mor to depart the window via front door open as an all-clear signal, letting him be aware of there have been no undesirable “visitors” inside of. After the radio were brought for fix to Ole, Espen went domestic, took notice of the open window, and went inside of. His father was once sitting on the kitchen desk, having a look over a few papers. “What occurred this day, a long way? ” Espen requested him. “Ingrid and that i stopped at Mr. Levin’s store, and—” “Arrested! ” his father exclaimed. “Because he's Jewish—arrested! ” “I didn’t comprehend he used to be Jewish,” Espen stated. “What will take place to him? ” His father shook his head. “I don’t be aware of. ” “Didn’t an individual understand this used to be going to take place? ” Espen requested. “Couldn’t he were warned, at the very least? ” His father filled the dried berry leaves he now used as a tobacco alternative into his pipe. “Last evening was once the 1st somebody knew approximately it. somebody leaked the knowledge to the Norwegian police. Our police leader referred to as the few Jews on the town and informed them he was once going to need to arrest them this day. It used to be a caution, after all. yet Mr. Levin didn’t depart. probably simply because, like such a lot of folks, he didn’t think it could actually particularly take place right here. ” “Just like we didn’t imagine we'd ever be excited by the warfare! ” Espen acknowledged. “We retain making an analogous mistake, don’t we? ” His father regarded up at him. “Why, even though? On what grounds can they arrest someone simply because he’s Jewish? ” His father lit his pipe. “Hitler envisions a ‘new Europe,’ a Europe of Aryan humans in basic terms. Fair-haired, fair-skinned people—like us. He desires to delay Norway as a version. ” Espen’s mouth without notice jam-packed with saliva; he went to the sink and spat. “We must have known,” he acknowledged. “There have been indicators! ” “Yes,” his father acknowledged easily. Later, mendacity in his mattress, Espen took off his glasses and placed them on his nightstand. with no them, the room and every thing in it was once a blur. He stared up on the ceiling. He had no longer been “watching with either eyes. ” He’d recognized that Jews have been singled out for harassment through the Nazis. He’d heard what Kjell had stated approximately Jews, and he’d simply listened in stunned silence. He may possibly inform himself now that he had concept Kjell’s lousy reviews have been all silly blather, that there wasn’t quite something to it. yet these rules had come from someplace. From a person who had strength. It made him consider helpless—like he usually felt now, like how he’d felt whilst he watched Ingrid coming near near the felony, and back whilst the protect had glanced her approach. yet that had replaced as he watched his little sister provide foodstuff to the ravenous prisoners. regardless of all that had occurred, by some means he felt as though this one small act of kindness may swap every little thing. Shift the realm a bit of. Tilt the area slightly again towards correct. nside the hut at Oleanna, Espen and his buddies strained to hear a tinny voice issuing from a small headset. The BBC news bulletin was once approximately over, and so they held their breath as numerous words have been learn: “The fox is dancing tango within the kitchen,” then “Sleeping attractiveness is asleep,” and at last, “The rabbit performs harmonica.

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