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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 international battle II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his pals are swept up within the Norwegian resistance flow. Espen will get his commence by means of supplying unlawful newspapers, then graduates to the position of courier and at last turns into a undercover agent, dodging the Gestapo alongside the best way. in the course of 5 years below 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 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 mostly unified, peace-loving humans attempting to maintain their sanity in a global long past awry. in keeping with a real tale, the narrative is woven with full of life sufficient day-by-day historic element to encourage older middle-grade readers to wish to benefit extra concerning the Resistance circulation and imitate Espen’s adventures."
Kirkus reports, starred review

"This engrossing providing sheds gentle at the Norwegians’ braveness in the course of international battle II. Preus masterfully weds a narrative of friendship with the problems confronted via 14-year-old Espen and his neighbors as Nazi regulations and atrocities turn into a part of their daily lives...This is right now 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 ancient truth (Espen is predicated on a real-life secret agent) and components 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 ancient fiction... This fantastic novel, consisting of an author’s notice, a timeline, a bibliography or even a recipe for invisible ink, relies on broad research... the result's an actual 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 scorching pursuit—take the publication 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 hazards that Espen undertakes and the risk to his family."
—The Bulletin of the heart 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 through touring at evening on skis with 5 various courses may still intrigue them.”
—Library Media Connection

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2013 awesome Books for a world Society
Dorothy Canfield Fisher booklet Award

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He became to the 2 hurricane soldiers within the backseat. “Shall we move seize ourselves a few Milorg boys? ” he stated. His protégés gave affirmative snorts. “It’s a silly video game they play, those bandits,” Aksel stated because the automobile received less than means. “They fairly accomplish not anything, other than to get humans killed—often blameless humans, if there's this type of factor as an blameless individual in all of Norway. those Milorg males, those XU brokers, the Civorg people—they are like mosquitoes, jabbing their tiny, demanding, yet now not very risky stingers into the naked necks of the Germans. they suspect they're keeping Norway, yet from what? From their genuine protectors! ” “There are just some of them, really,” Hans acknowledged from the backseat. “Don’t be stupid,” stated Lars. “There are a growing number of of them on a daily basis. ” Aksel shot Lars a glance. there has been no element losing his knowledge at the males within the backseat. males! Aksel suggestion. That used to be somewhat an exaggeration! At twenty, he was once older than both of those mouth-breathers. They have been simply bullies who observed an opportunity to do what they cherished to do by way of becoming a member of the hird. They knew the best way to do something and something simply. and so they have been sturdy at it. So, no less than, Aksel didn’t need to harm his gloves or chance having blood spattered on his uniform. nonetheless, he was hoping to be rid of them quickly. yet another promoting and he’d be ready to shake off those silly boys and get to paintings with the pros, the true Gestapo males. “Turn off the lights,” he acknowledged to the motive force. “Are you loopy? ” the driving force acknowledged. “On this winding street? It’s nonetheless darkish! ” “There’s sufficient gentle to work out. ” “But now not for somebody to work out us coming round the corner,” the motive force instructed him. “Exactly,” Aksel answered. “Now you’re catching on. ” The lighting have been switched off, and the auto persisted slowly up the mountain, rigorously navigating the pointy curves. As they rounded one of many switchbacks, the motive force slammed at the brakes. a few unusual factor lay in the course of the line. anything around and light. there has been an uneasy silence within the automobile. After a second, Lars whispered, “It appears like a head. ” Hans snickered nervously after which used to be silent. “Wait here,” Aksel stated, and he obtained out of the auto. The predawn gentle solid an eerie blue glow at the coating of snow. Aksel approached the thing within the street carefully. Then he laughed. It used to be just a football ball. He reached all the way down to scoop it up yet stopped. have been these voices he heard? He signaled the driving force. the motive force threw at the headlights, sharply illuminating Aksel, the line forward, and younger males who had seemed from round the bend and stood blinking within the dual beams. “Well, good, good, if it isn’t a midfielder and a forward—am I correct? in your solution to a football fit? ” Aksel stated, conserving up the ball. “Or perhaps”—he pointed to their heavy rucksacks—“coming from an airdrop? ” the auto doorways slammed because the hurricane soldiers stepped out onto the line. perhaps, Aksel mused, that advertising may come ahead of he notion. hey’d gotten a reputation out of the football players—although no longer with no a few ache, Aksel mirrored, because the automobile pulled up in entrance of the home in Lilleby.

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