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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 neighbors are swept up within the Norwegian resistance move. Espen will get his begin via offering unlawful newspapers, then graduates to the function of courier and at last turns into a undercover 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 accommodates archival images, maps, and different photographs to inform this tale in accordance 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 principally unified, peace-loving humans attempting to retain their sanity in a global long past awry. in response to a real tale, the narrative is woven with full of life sufficient day-by-day historic aspect to motivate older middle-grade readers to need to profit extra concerning the Resistance move and imitate Espen’s adventures."
Kirkus reports, starred review

"This engrossing delivering sheds mild at the Norwegians’ braveness in the course of global conflict 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 ancient 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 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 observe, a timeline, a bibliography or even a recipe for invisible ink, relies on large research... the result's an actual coming-of-age tale, excellent for readers fascinated 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 publication Magazine

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

"As readers comprehend the hazards that Espen took, they'll are looking to examine extra approximately this era. That Espen escaped to Sweden by way of touring at evening on skis with 5 assorted publications should still intrigue them.”
—Library Media Connection

Awards
VOYA most sensible Shelf for center tuition Readers 2012 list
2013 awesome Books for an international Society
Dorothy Canfield Fisher publication Award
 

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Had he simply risked his lifestyles to carry a love letter to Leif? He resisted the urge to fall down the paper and throw it so far as he may perhaps. as an alternative, he shoved it into his pocket. If he ever stuck up with Leif, he might wave this proof in entrance of him ahead of he … ahead of he punched him within the face! He skied on, angrily jabbing his poles into the snow. He may exhibit Tante Marie the letter. He was hoping she will be offended, too. He additionally was hoping she will be making waffles. She was once now not. She was once shoveling snow off her roof while Espen skied into the backyard of the fox farm. “Tante Marie! ” Espen known as as much as her. “What are you doing up there? ” “What does it seem like I’m doing? ” she stated. “I’m shoveling. ” “You shouldn’t be up there! ” “It’s very tricky to shovel snow off the roof from down there. you have to try out it! ” She stopped and leaned on her shovel. “I’ll attempt from up there if you’ll come down here,” Espen acknowledged. “Let me do it. ” “Ja, ja,” Tante Marie stated. Espen held the ladder whereas she climbed down, wheezing the entire method. “Take it easy,” he acknowledged. “No hurry. ” He helped her over to a snowbank to take a seat and stated, “You shouldn’t be doing such things as that. ” “I’ll be all right,” she puffed. “I simply want a minute to capture my breath. ” Espen climbed up the ladder and surveyed the location at the roof. “You should have had really a typhoon. ” “Ja. ” Tante Marie virtually gasped the notice. “It’s a great factor you got here to determine me. ” “So i'll shovel the snow off your roof? ” Espen requested. “That was once only a fortunate thing,” she acknowledged. “Actually, i need to inform you—” She stopped unexpectedly and waved one hand at him whereas keeping the opposite to her chest. Espen clattered down the ladder and knelt beside her. “Are you definite you’re okay? ” he requested. “The fact is … ” Tante Marie’s face was once ashen. “… I don’t understand how for much longer I’ll final. It’s a race now to work out who will get me first: the Gestapo or my undesirable center. ” Espen’s personal middle raced. No! he suggestion. now not Tante Marie! “We’d greater get you to a hospital,” he stated. “No,” she stated, waving his problem away. “It’s now not that undesirable. Let’s move within. ” He helped her into the home, and he or she sat down on the kitchen desk. while her respiring and colour had again to common, she gestured to a stack of crispy flat bread and a block of brown goat cheese. Espen shaved off lengthy curls of the candy cheese to put on most sensible of huge squares of bread. He gave one to her and took one for himself. “What did you want to inform me? ” Espen requested. “Why don’t you inform me first why you got here to work out me,” Tante Marie acknowledged. “Something’s long gone wrong,” he acknowledged among bites. He informed her approximately Leif and Ole and in regards to the field of blood-spattered records. in keeping with and Gust have been crushed up and, he meant, arrested. He may well believe his face getting scorching with anger as he advised her that during the midst of all this, he had risked his lifestyles to carry a love letter to Leif. Tante Marie held out her hand. Espen gave her the crumpled letter. She glanced at it, then stated, “Let’s take this out to the barn. ” within the barn, she motioned for him to maneuver a bale of straw after which to boost the trapdoor beneath.

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