“Transports readers to the cold landscape of wartime Norway, as a brave, young heroine faces the cruel reality of oppression to join the underground resistance and do whatever it takes it save her family and her country.”— Michelle Houts, author of Winterfrost
MARI’S HOPE delivers the dramatic conclusion to the trilogy begun with Odin’s Promise, awarded the 2014 Midwest Book Award for Children’s Fiction, and Bjorn’s Gift (2016).
In Mari’s Hope, set in a small village in occupied western Norway in the final years of World War II, young Mari has become a valued helper to the village doctor. She also plays a role in her family’s efforts in the local resistance, despite ever-present dangers, especially from the snooping soldier called Goatman and from Leif, her one-time school friend, now a German collaborator.
As the German war efforts falter, the pressure increases on the occupying troops to hold Norway firmly in their grip. But freedom-loving Norwegians will do their best to thwart those plans.
Praise for the series: “An exciting look at the occupation of Norway, through the eyes of a young, brave girl.” – Angela Cerrito, author of The Safest Lie.
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“Baby girl, you’ve become a beautiful young woman. We’ve been so busy surviving that I missed your childhood. You’ve missed it, too.” These words, spoken by our heroine’s mother, encapsulate the struggles Mari and her fellow Norwegians endure during Germany’s occupation of their country during World War II. In Mari’s Hope, Mari keeps a record of what she experiences and hopes she’ll be able to share it with her brother once he returns from his service. Scenes with the evil German soldier, Goatman, show the cruelty of this time in history while memories of Mari’s beloved dog and the strength of community, family and friends show the tenderness. Sandy Brehl has a knack for educating through telling a compelling story. Mari’s Hope, the last in a trilogy, could also stand alone and would make a great classroom discussion book.