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Shadow on the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen during World War II. 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.
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- Erin Keplinger
new angle on ww2
Loved the book. I wish it had a stronger ending but I suppose that shows how good the story was.
- Melanie O.
great historical fiction
We loved the historical value of it but I was disappointed in the abrupt ending.
- Darla Hovden
My 10yr old son and I loved this book.
If you could sum up Shadow on the Mountain in three words, what would they be?
Unique, Informative, Transportive
What did you like best about this story?
Much is written about WWII, but this story is unique in that it's from Norway, a region not always given much attention by the west. My only regret is that I wish we would have listened to it a year earlier when my son was researching a topic on nonviolent resistance for a school project.
What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?
Espen's character and emotion is real.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Ingrid feeding the prisoners. Also, Kjell and Espen's discussion in the snow near the end that both were "only trying to do the right thing" was a deep concept prompting discussion and so relevant even today.
Any additional comments?
Very much like the added material on the end that explains the real life stories from which the author researched.