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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 pals are swept up within the Norwegian resistance flow. Espen will get his commence by means of supplying unlawful newspapers, then graduates to the function of courier and at last 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 photos to inform this tale in line 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 continue their sanity in an international long gone awry. according to a real tale, the narrative is woven with vigorous sufficient day-by-day old element to motivate older middle-grade readers to need to profit extra concerning the Resistance circulation and imitate Espen’s adventures."
Kirkus stories, starred review

"This engrossing providing sheds mild at the Norwegians’ braveness in the course of international warfare 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 straight away 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 historic 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 road 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, which include an author’s observe, a timeline, a bibliography or even a recipe for invisible ink, is predicated on huge research... the result's an real coming-of-age tale, ideal for readers fascinated about the diary of Anne Frank or Lois Lowry’s vintage, Number 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 booklet into adventure-thriller territory with out wasting the humanity that characterizes Preus’s account."
The Horn booklet Magazine

"Preus makes crystal transparent the lifestyles 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're going to are looking to study extra approximately this era. That Espen escaped to Sweden by means of touring at evening on skis with 5 various courses may still intrigue them.”
—Library Media Connection

VOYA best Shelf for heart college Readers 2012 list
2013 outstanding Books for a world Society
Dorothy Canfield Fisher ebook Award

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Ja,” Espen responded. “I’ve consistently been lovely fit. ” The healthcare professional frowned at him. “Could you at the least no longer sit up straight so instantly? stoop your shoulders ahead. ” Espen hunched his shoulders. “A little coughing, please. ” protecting his mouth, Espen set free a well mannered cough. “Is that the simplest you are able to do? ” the health professional requested. He sounded exasperated. Espen coughed a bit tougher. “I’m admitting you to the hospital,” the health care provider acknowledged. “You, younger guy, are extraordinarily in poor health. ” “I am? ” “We’ll do our greatest to make it appear so. ” The health care provider scrawled anything on a chart, then glanced at Espen. “The least you may do is try and glance a bit sicker. ” glance in poor health? That was once going to be his cover? That wasn’t going to get him very a long way with the ladies, and particularly Solveig. Espen’s center sank, his shoulders sagged, his face fell. “That’s larger! ” the health professional chirped. “You glance a bit light round the gills now. ” Espen groaned. “Righto! You’re getting the dangle of it! You’ll have a brief remain within the health facility to make the clinical documents convincing. ” The health care professional scribbled his analysis on a prescription pad and passed it to Espen. Tuberculosis, it learn. “You’ll receive an respectable scientific certificates exempting you from the exertions carrier. Don’t you worry,” the healthcare professional stated, “we’ll have you ever ailing very quickly. ” ou’re coming alongside nicely,” the health practitioner acknowledged whilst Espen observed him subsequent, “and you are prepared to be discharged from the sanatorium. earlier than you allow, your good friend in room 121 wish to see you back. ” Espen moved quickly to Tante Marie’s room and opened the door. a guy he didn’t comprehend stood up from a chair. “I’m sorry,” Espen acknowledged, retreating. “I didn’t notice you had a customer. ” “Come in,” the guy acknowledged, coming over and shutting the door in the back of Espen. Espen edged into the room. “Don’t glance so worried,” Tante Marie stated. “This is Taraldsen. He’s a very good Norwegian. ” the guy prolonged a hand, and Espen shook it. “I’m a urban engineer right here in Lilleby,” he acknowledged. “Please sit down. ” He gestured to the chair close to Tante Marie’s mattress. “Good hide, Odin,” Tante Marie croaked. “You glance negative. ” “What cover? ” Espen acknowledged. Tante Marie controlled a susceptible snicker. “Taraldsen is right here to debate a bit activity for you. ” Mr. Taraldsen picked up a cylindrical leather-based case—Espen well-known it as a case for a fishing rod—and labored at loosening the fasteners as he spoke. “As you're aware,” he stated, “we don’t anticipate the warfare to final for much longer. The Allies have gained a few significant victories. the following, in Norway, even though, issues are a bit varied. ” “Even if or while the Germans quit elsewhere,” Tante Marie acknowledged softly, “they will possibly not give up the following. ” Taraldsen nodded. “The German military in Norway has been defined as ‘undefeated and in ownership in their complete strength,’” he stated. “Even if the Wehrmacht in Germany capitulates, will the undefeated military in Norway persist with go well with? Reichskommissar Terboven has vowed to struggle to the final guy, and he has approximately 400 thousand of them on our soil. moreover, there's cause to worry that the Nazis in Berlin will flee to Festung Norwegen—‘Fortress Norway’—as they name it, and make Norway their bastion.

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