By Margi Preus

Shadow at the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen in the course of global battle 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 via supplying unlawful newspapers, then graduates to the function of courier and eventually 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 comprises archival pictures, maps, and different pictures to inform this tale according to 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 past awry. in response to a real tale, the narrative is woven with energetic sufficient day-by-day ancient aspect to encourage older middle-grade readers to need to profit extra concerning the Resistance circulate and imitate Espen’s adventures."
Kirkus reports, starred review

"This engrossing supplying sheds mild at the Norwegians’ braveness in the course of global struggle 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 without delay 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 Journal, 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 tremendous novel, consisting of an author’s word, a timeline, a bibliography or even a recipe for invisible ink, is predicated on large research... the result's an actual coming-of-age tale, ideal for readers occupied with 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 out wasting the humanity that characterizes Preus’s account."
The Horn ebook Magazine

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

"As readers comprehend the hazards 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 publications 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 e-book Award

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For that reason, translations from Norwegian into English can differ generally, counting on how the translator chooses to interpret the phrases. relating to the Scharffenberg citation accompanying the part “1945,” I chosen from between various translated types to provide the model least difficult for younger readers to understand. The model of Odin ingesting at Mimir’s good is located in John Gardner’s ebook, On ethical Fiction. The episode of the prisoners consuming turf and horse manure is predicated on genuine occasions as similar by way of William Fuller and Jack Haines of their e-book Reckless braveness. irst and premiere, i want to specific my heartfelt gratitude to Erling and Aase-Berit Storrusten for generously sharing the tale in their studies in the course of the career. I additionally are looking to thank Gunnar Garbo for sharing his poignant and strong tale. and due to the various Norwegians who instructed me to attractions, and to all of the those who informed me their tales of braveness, desire, and beauty. Tusen takk! thank you additionally to Geoff and Else Ward for the wealth of news that may be chanced on on their web site www. wwiinorge. com. The tales stored me transfixed whereas the solar set, the sunshine light, and dinnertime got here and went—and nonetheless I couldn’t cease analyzing. thanks for accumulating and sharing them. Mange tusen takk to Johan Bakken, Mette Breder, and Lise Lunge-Larsen for aid with translations and Norwegian trivialities; my stellar critique team and others who learn all or components of the manuscript, particularly Pasha Kahn, football and espionage adviser; illustrator Yuko Shimizu; garrison cartographer Ann Gumpper; and (secret) agent Steve Fraser. additionally a shout-out to Kathleen Stokker for her first-class booklet Folklore Fights the Nazis, from which I freely borrowed, specifically the jokes. Takk for vitsene. To my sufferer and valuable husband, our magnificent young ones, and our Norwegian “son,” Arne Christian Sivertsen (exchange pupil, 2000–2001), who used to be an enthusiastic spouse on my study (and our snowboarding) journey to Norway, takk. And, ultimately, a mountainous thank-you to every person at Amulet/Abrams who labored in this publication: Jim Armstrong, Chad Beckerman, Sara Corbett, Laura Mihalick, Jason Wells, and everybody else from that crazy-wonderful bunch who had a hand in it, such a lot in particular Howard Reeves, with out whom this tale may were yet an insignificant shadow. is an acclaimed children’s e-book writer and playwright whose first novel, center of a Samurai, earned a 2011 Newbery Honor award. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota. stopover at her on-line at www. margipreus. com. The print model of this booklet was once designed by means of Chad W. Beckerman and Sara Corbett. the canopy representation is by means of Yuko Shimizu. The construction of this booklet used to be overseen through Alison Gervais. argi Preus is an acclaimed children’s e-book writer and playwright whose first novel, middle of a Samurai, earned a Newbery Honor award. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota. stopover at her on-line at www. margipreus. com. JACKET representation COPYRIGHT � 2012 YUKO SHIMIZU JACKET layout by means of CHAD W. BECKERMAN a hundred and fifteen west 18th highway ny, long island 10011 www.

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