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Snow Treasure

Snow Treasure

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by Marie McSwigan, Mary Reardon (Illustrator)

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In the bleak winter of 19 0, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lundstrom's tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated—until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy. It was a dangerous plan. They had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds. It meant risking


In the bleak winter of 19 0, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lundstrom's tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated—until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy. It was a dangerous plan. They had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds. It meant risking their country's treasure—and their lives. This classic story of how a group of children outwitted the Nazis and sent the treasure to America has captivated generations of readers.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Snow Treasure's heroes and heroines are the children of the village. They help the adults smuggle gold bullion to safety under the very noses of the German soldiers. Naturally, to make a more suspenseful tale, all does not go smoothly. The weather warms and they all fear the soldiers and possible spies in the village, but the children and the community bond together and prevail. The pen and ink illustrations are varied in size and placement; their starkness further emphasizes the tension in the story. It will appeal to children, because other children are the heroes.
Children's Literature
During the World War II German occupation of Norway, children in a small Norwegian town prevented nine million dollars worth of gold from reaching their captors by smuggling it on their sleds in the form of bricks. This suspenseful tale of heroism is based on a true story that came to light when the gold landed in the United States for safe keeping. This daring plan was carried out by all the children in the town and showed the bravery and devotion to freedom these children valued. The story is well written and gives young children a perspective that most history books miss when covering World War II. This classic story can be used in a classroom setting to give another perspective on what life was like during World War II. This excellent novel is a "must read" for children interested in the war and the role that young people played during that time period. 2005 (orig. 1942), Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Nicole Peterson

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.52(d)
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8 - 12 Years

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Marie McSwigan was an award-winning author of children's books who lived in Pennsylvania.

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Snow Treasure 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of excitement until the end. I recommend this book strongly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very good and it did get a little scary at certain parts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my pre teen and read it myself. Based on a true story, I found it to be a fast read with interesting historical information. Good read.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
"Beat you to the turn!" Peter Lundstrom shot his sled down the long steep slope. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - That's how the book begins, with a small bunch of carefree schoolchildren, sledding down the snowy hills. Little do they know, but soon they will be risking their lives to do more sledding. It's World War II and the German Nazis have made a camp right outside of the little town in Norway, where all the children and their families live. Now, in this town there is something very important that is hidden. The Nazis must not know about it. The townspeople have to devise a plan to protect the secret, before the soldiers discover it. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Uncle Victor: "Peter wants a chance to help his country, too. Don't you fellow?" Peter nodded. He didn't trust his voice. "So you wouldn't mind if you met an enemy--one that carried a gun?" - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - All the schoolchildren must band together and do something for their town that could be terrifying. Together they will master all their strength and courage, to protect what is theirs. This is a delightful book to read! I've read it at least twice myself. It's a wholesome story, filled with brave little children. Reading level: ages 9-12 and up (also great as a read-aloud for younger children)
GingerMG More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book as a child and I am delighted to find it is still available today. It was a great source of enjoyment to me, aged ten in 1946.
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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
This exciting and extremely readable book is a fictionalized version of a story that was told as being true, although there is no proof that it ever really happened. On June 28, 1940, nearly a year after World War II had broken out in Europe, a Norwegian freighter arrived in Baltimore, MD, with a cargo of gold bullion worth nine million dollars. The captain said that the gold had been slipped past Nazi guards by boys and girls led by young Peter Lindstrom over the snow on sleds during the winter before. The author's imagined account of how this might have happened is a great book that illustrates courage, patriotism, self-sacrifice, and perseverance in spite of fears. The word "gee" appears a couple of times and there are some references to smoking pipes. Aside from these, this is a great book that I highly recommend. The book was made into a movie, but we have never been able to find it, although several sources I checked said that the film was not very good.
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I read this book before I gave it to my 11 year old daughter. I found it very abosorbing and interesting. I would recommend it highly.
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5thstudentBRES More than 1 year ago
Snow Treasures is a great book if you love to find adventure. I didnt enjoy it that much to be honest. It has alot of challenging words and is difficult to follow. I would definatly recommend this to students learning about WW2 because Snow Treasures is about the courage of young students trying to sneek their country's gold past Nazi troops. I would only recommend this to Middle School students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as a kid. I always wondered why some smart studio exec didn't make it into a movie. Kids outsmarting the Nazis would be perfect Disney material.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Adventure is the only word to describe this book!Even though the book was good the ending was really sad but I don't want to spoil the whole book for you! So.... go out and buy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a child in the early seventies.In fact I taped it together and took it to college.Now I can retire the fallen bits & pieces and purchase a new one to enjoy with my children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is marvelous! It¿s based on a true story about World War II. It has Nazi soldiers inside this book. There are some good parts and some bad parts, but overall a really good book. This book falls in the category of mystery and historical. It¿s very adventurous. At the beginning of the book, it gets mysterious, and then it starts getting fun, and then it finishes off with a big surprise. The book is about a boy named Peter and his friends Helga, Lovisa and Michael. Their adventure begins when they make their way to the snake by riding their sleds from a bank to a cave, and then from the cave to the snake. The snake is a long fiord that due to its wavy like design is nicknamed the snake. They take bricks of gold and take it to the cave from a bank. The reason why Peter and his friends do this is because the Nazis are invading Norway (where Peter and his friends live) and they want to take the money from the bank in Norway, and Peter will stop at nothing to get to the snake and save his country. The best parts of the book are when Peter and his friends are having fun on their sleds, because it looks like a lot of fun. Also when the adults help Peter and his friends with the mission. Another good part is when Peter was rescued from the Nazis. They are all pretty cool. The worst parts of the book are when all the small kids like Lovisa (who is Peter¿s sister) get sick from the chicken pox, but it wasn¿t chicken pox, it was the German measles. Another bad part is when Peter was taken away from the Nazis. They¿re both pretty bad. I would really like people to read this book because you¿ll never know what¿s going to hit you. It¿s fun and exciting, plus, you will get to see a couple of pictures inside this book. So please read this book Snow Treasure and, if you do, I will be the happiest kid on Earth and so will you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Snow Treasure Author: Marie Mcswigan The book Snow Treasure is a very adventurous book. It could have been a true story, but there is no proof! 'I like to believe it is!' I loved it! This book falls under an adventure category. The story is about four normal kids who live in Norway. They never thought they would ever become heroes, but they were wrong! As the plot thickens, the main character¿s uncle arrives and tells them the Nazis are coming to attack Norway! They have to come up with a plan for the kids to get the money out of the country before the Nazis get a hold of it! Now the question is, can they do it in time? There are also many other things going on in this book. The setting takes place in the cold, snowy, winter time in Norway. There are also many characters in this book. One is the protagonist, Peter. He has always dreamed of having an adventure and then one falls right into his lap! Another Character is Peter¿s sister, Lovisa. She is a very courageous, yet girly girl. Then comes Peter¿s two best friends, Michael and Helga who are both very bold and daring!' and Helga definitely isn¿t girly!'They are all very free minded. There were also some weaknesses in this book, but not many. One was at the end. They wrapped it up too quickly and there wasn¿t many details. Another weakness was when Uncle Victor told Peter how they needed to help save Norway. They just threw it out there to you and didn¿t really describe it all that well. ' I got a little confused.' There were also many strengths in this book. One was when the children were helping to move the money out, on their sleds. It was very descriptive of how scary it was for the children to pass all those Nazis. Another strength was when the polish boy'Jan Lasek' was spying on Uncle Victor and the children. The children had to be really sneaky to get away. 'even though he isn¿t a Nazi, but they think he is!' The author did a good job! I would definitely recommend this book! It was well written and exciting! I just couldn¿t put it down! Would recommend it to people who are in the fourth- sixth grade, because it isn¿t too long. ' Anyone would love it, though!' I give it four stars and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Snow Treasure Snow Treasure is an adventure book, historical non-fiction book, and very suspenseful. Snow Treasure was based on a true story. It was written in 1942 during WWII. It was a normal day for Peter Lundstrom, until he saw his Uncle had returned from his winter voyage early. As the plot thickens, the Nazis have just invaded Peter¿s small village. With the help of Uncle Victor, the people of Norway had hopefully set up a plan to get nine million dollars past the Nazi soldiers. How can they do it, with adults being suspects of doing something, can the kids do it? You¿ll have to read Snow Treasure to find it out. My favorite character is Peter Lundstrom. I like him because of his bravery. For example, when he was building snowmen the Commandant walked right up to him and said, ¿I could use a boy like you to polish my boots and bring me shaving water.¿ Even though I¿m sure he was scared, but he showed bravery by not running away or saying something rude. I also liked him because of his leadership. An example of his leadership was when he told Lovisa to not put the bricks so deep and to hurry and build the snowmen. My least favorite character was the Commandant because he was leading the Nazis and because he was cruel to the children. An example is when he knocked over Lovisa¿s snowman and crushed her fancy snow hat that she had made for her snowman. I think the books strengths are that every event leads smoothly into the next event and that I could picture the events in my mind very clearly when the suspense is very great. I think that a weakness in Snow Treasure is that you can¿t picture the faces very well. I would highly recommend this book to any age and people who like adventure, history, or people who like Chasing Vermeer, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, and other books. I would always recommend Snow Treasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 4th grade teacher read this story to us and over the years I have tried to find it. Now, that I have a 10 year old stepson, I look forward to purchasing and reading the book again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school with my class about 2 years ago. It was my favorite book then and I was just seaerching this site when I came across this. I had forgotten the title until now so I am so glad I found it! It is a wonderful, detailed, and great book. I recommend it to anyone regardless of what type of book you liek to read because Snow Treasure has a bit of everything!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I, now both in our 40s remembered this book from elementary school and searched for it everywhere for our son. When we finally found it, be both reread it and liked it just as much as we did years before!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been to Norway, and I thought this book was very realistic sounding after I read it!!! I loved it!! It was a great book!