By Margi Preus
Hadow 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 buddies are swept up within the Norwegian resistance move. Espen will get his commence through providing unlawful newspapers, then graduates to the position of courier and at last turns into a undercover 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 comprises archival photos, maps, and different photos 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 preserve their sanity in a global long gone awry. according to a real tale, the narrative is woven with full of life sufficient day-by-day ancient element to motivate older middle-grade readers to need to profit extra concerning the Resistance stream and imitate Espen's adventures."
—Kirkus stories, starred review
"This engrossing delivering sheds gentle at the Norwegians' braveness in the course of international struggle II. Preus masterfully weds a narrative of friendship with the problems confronted by means of 14-year-old Espen and his acquaintances as Nazi regulations and atrocities turn into a part of their daily lives...This is instantly 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 old 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 road Journal
"Margi Preus, who gained a Newbery honor for middle of a Samurai, returns with one other riveting paintings of historic fiction... This fantastic novel, including an author's word, a timeline, a bibliography or even a recipe for invisible ink, relies on huge research... the result's an real coming-of-age tale, excellent for readers excited 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 lifestyles imperiling hazards that Espen undertakes and the chance to his family."
—The Bulletin of the heart for Children's Books
"As readers comprehend the hazards that Espen took, they'll are looking to research extra approximately this era. That Espen escaped to Sweden by means of touring at evening on skis with 5 diversified courses should still intrigue them."
—Library Media Connection
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