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Shadow on the Mountain

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Shadow on the Mountain is a great book!

    Loved it. It was great. Its all about when the Nazis took over Norway

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    The best book ever

    its a YHBA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Bestfriends are awesome!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    by Cobra fan of Wings Of Fire

    Shadow on the mountain is a story in 1940, a neutral and peace-loving country of only three million people, are completely unprepared when the country is suddenly invaded by Nazi Germany. The Nowegians scramble to organize a military response, then with their allies they put up a fight. But then their allies withdrew from Norway, taking the people's hope of driving out the Germans. A Resistance was formed almost immediately. One year later, a fourteen year old boy named Espen delivers elligal newspapers, he then starts delivering coded messages and supplies to others in the Resistance, and then Espen becomes a spy, dodging the Gestapo along the way. But Espen and his family begin to question the loyalties of the people around them. This story shows that,bad things can stop us but they can't stop us from living our lifes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    It's okay.

    It's a okay book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Good book

    I am reading this book and i really like it

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

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    Young Men in Times of Great ChalĀ­lenges

    Shadow on the Moun­tain by Margi Preus is a his­tor­i­cal fic­tion novel which com­fort­ably fits in the YA cat­e­gory. This is a well researched and excit­ing book despite its intended audience.

    Nazi Ger­many has swept through Nor­way, unseat­ing the sit and gov­ern­ment. Espen, a 14 year old Nor­we­gian boy, decided to join the resis­tance move­ment and starts by deliv­er­ing ille­gal news­pa­pers, grad­u­ates to courier and finally is sent to spy on the Nazis.

    Dur­ing the Nazi régime, which lasted five years, Espen grows phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally, falls in love and loses friends. How­ever, the life of a spy is in con­stant dan­ger and Espen makes a mis­take which forces him to flee his beloved coun­try in a dan­ger­ous trek through the moun­tains to Sweden.

    Shadow on the Moun­tain by Margi Preus takes place in Nor­way dur­ing World War II and fol­lows the adven­tures of a boy named Espen. As any good his­tor­i­cal fic­tion novel, the book com­bines actu­ally his­tor­i­cal events while explor­ing the emo­tional nature which these events caused.

    Nor­way was an impor­tant tar­get for the Nazi régime, not because of it is strate­gi­cally impor­tance, but because of their Aryan look. Hitler clearly hoped to "marry" Ger­many and Nor­way in order to pro­duce his vision of the ulti­mate mas­ter race (blond hair, blue eyes and fair skin). How­ever, many Nor­we­gians were against every­thing the Nazis stood for and resisted bravely.

    One inter­est­ing aspect of the book is that Ms. Preus takes pains to explore those Nor­we­gians who sup­ported the Nazis. From bul­lies who found their place among the Nazis, to Nor­we­gians who believed they were pick­ing the less of two evils (being con­quered by Nazi Ger­many or Soviet Rus­sia) and oth­ers who sim­ply wanted to get a few extra rations for their families.

    The novel runs through­out World War II, each chap­ter fol­lows the life of four char­ac­ters, Espen, who is the main pro­tag­o­nist, and his sis­ter Ingrid, Espen's friend Kjell, and Askel the neigh­bor­hood bully. Each year which is doc­u­mented is intro­duced with a rel­e­vant quote, either by a Nazi or an anti-Nazi Nor­we­gian. The quote gives the reader a sense of what to expect from the chap­ter ahead.

    While the story is about young men in times of great chal­lenges, the author does not look down on its audi­ence, but pro­duced an edge-of-your-seat, well researched and doc­u­mented work which has lessons rel­e­vant to today's tur­bu­lent times. Ms. Preus also incor­po­rated a pro­nun­ci­a­tion guide (really, how do you pro­nounce Kjell?), a brief and rel­e­vant his­tory of the era and more. I read a proof but I under­stand that the fin­ish prod­uct will incor­po­rate pho­tos, maps and archival documents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

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