Shadow on the Mountain (Paperback)

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From the Newbery Honor–winning author Margi Preus, the award-winning Shadow on the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen during World War II—based on a true story.
 
After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his friends are swept up in the Norwegian resistance movement. Espen gets his start by delivering illegal newspapers, then graduates to the role of courier and finally becomes a spy, dodging the Gestapo along the way. During five years under the Nazi regime, he gains—and loses—friends, falls in love, and makes one small mistake that threatens to catch up with him as he sets out to escape on skis over the mountains to Sweden.
 
Preus incorporates archival photographs, maps, and other images to tell this story based on the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten, whom Preus interviewed in Norway.
 
“Preus deftly uses together historical fact (Espen is based on a real-life spy) and elements of Norwegian culture to conjure a time and place not so terribly long ago.” —Wall Street Journal
 
“Engrossing . . . This is at once a spy thriller, a coming-of-age story, and a chronicle of escalating bravery. Multidimensional characters fill this gripping tale that keeps readers riveted to the end.” —School Library Journal (Starred Review)
 

About the Author


Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Honor Book Heart of a Samurai and other notable books for young readers, including West of the Moon, Shadow on the Mountain, and Village of Scoundrels. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota, land of snow squalls and cardamom buns.

    
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419711596
ISBN-10: 1419711598
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 18th, 2014
Pages: 320
Language: English