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Shadow on the Mountain

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,453 Ratings  ·  297 Reviews
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 alo ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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Barb Middleton
Feb 11, 2015 Barb Middleton rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, wwii
Civil disobedience is a conscious effort to disobey laws that one disagrees with in society. The protagonist, Espen, lives in Norway when the Germans occupy his country and force the Norwegian King and government officials to flee. The Norwegians formed a Resistance group meant to undermine and protest the Nazi's, while other Norwegians decided to join the German Reich. Espen, along with many others in his town of Lilleby, choose civil disobedience in the form of nonviolent actions such as feedi ...more
Khalid Halabi
Jan 17, 2015 Khalid Halabi rated it it was amazing
In “Shadow on the Mountain”, a Norwegian boy named Espen wants to help drive away the Nazis from Norway. The book begins with Espen, a fourteen-year-old boy, riding his bicycle to deliver some illegal newspapers. He delivers the newspapers to an old woman who is called “Tante Marie”. The woman finds out that this is Espen’s first mission for the Norwegian resistance, and tells him to make a code name. When Espen decides his code name, the woman tells Espen of the atrocities happening in Norway. ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Margaret rated it liked it
I did enjoy reading this book. Some parts were very intense, which set the tone for the whole book. You were constantly worried about Espen, and what was going to happen next. Espen was a WW2 spy, and delivered messages, ad illegal newspapers. Just about anything could get you arrested at this time in history, and if Espen gets caught, he could ruin his family's life. In fact, everyone in his family is doing something to help the Norwegian resistance movement, no matter how small.

I really enjoy
Jun 12, 2015 Rick rated it it was amazing
Spectacular Young adult read inspired by the true adventures of a Wartime spy who just happens to be a teenager in Norway.

I tore through this book and have read it about 3 times total and it will not be the last.
Penny Peck
Dec 08, 2012 Penny Peck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-ya
A real page-turner, this historical fiction tween novel is based on the true story of teen resistance fighters in Norway in World War II. Espen and his sister Ingrid do small things to combat the Nazi invasion of Norway, from giving potatoes to political prisoners, to delivering secret papers. Most people (adults and children) don't know about Norway's role in the war - their country was quickly overrun by Nazis yet many Norwegians joined the underground, blew up facilities related to bomb produ ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good! Read in in actually a little mote than two days but read most in one day! Kept me reading.
Mary Farrell
Mar 31, 2013 Mary Farrell rated it really liked it
Margi Preus is a beautiful writer and this is a beautiful book. It was very interesting to read about the Nazi occupation of Norway, which I had not done since "Snow Treasure" one of my favorite books as a child. Espen, the main character is an unlikely hero who risks his life for what he believes is right. The story is quiet compared to many books out there today and I'm happy to see the range of choices for kids expand to include a book like this. It has depth and will be treasured by serious ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Fourteen-year-old Epsen wants to help rid his country, Norway, of the Nazi occupiers during WWII and gets his chance to help the resistance fighters by carrying messages on skis, bicycle, foot, and train.

This story was based on the life of a teenage, Norwegian spy named Erling Storrusten.

When I was a child I learned how the Norwegians banded together to fight the Nazis in the book, Snow Treasure, and now I have more reasons to respect the Norwegian people's resolve because of Shadow on the Moun
Mazzou B
Jan 07, 2016 Mazzou B rated it it was ok
Quite an interesting read at first (despite some crude and rude things) but lacked punch by the end. SO much that a few months later I barely remembered the book!
Oct 07, 2016 Mia rated it it was amazing
On April 9th, 1940, Nazi Germany invaded Norway, a peace loving and neutral country of about only 3 million inhabitants. From there on out, Norwegians found that their lives had crucially changed, for the worse. One of these Norwegians was named Espen. Espen is fourteen years old, and, shortly after the occupation, initiated his spy career which only started with delivering newspapers. Espen isn’t the only one caught up in Norwegian resistance movements. In fact, his very own sister helps out by ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Susie rated it really liked it
I should add the CD version for this, because I did listen to the audiobook. Very intriguing book that makes you think, "Why didn't I know about this before?" This would make an interesting companion book for Steve Sheinkin's nonfiction book Bomb. Before these two books, I'm embarrassed to admit that I did not know much about Norway's occupation and the resistance movement. There are many brave characters in the book, and I really appreciated the research Preus did, and the extensive notes with ...more
Nov 30, 2012 Beverly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 11-14 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: Best Books for Young Adults/
There has been such a plethora of outstanding YA histoical fiction the last few years, including Margi Preus' Heart of a Samurai, that I had high hopes for Shadow on the Mountain. It did not live up to my expectations. It was okay, but not particularly memorable. There were some great elements such as the conversations between Espen and one of his best friends who is working with the Nazis. Both boys feel strongly that they are doing what is best for Norway. Their conversations provide some pers ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Espen added it
In 1940 after the Nazi's captured Norway, 14 year old Espen and some of his friends are scooped up into the Norwegian resistance. He struggles to keep his friends and keep his family safe. As he falls in love, it makes his longing to stay more fierce. He is sent on dangerous missions and makes one mistake that could catch up with him as he sets out on skis to Sweden.
Dec 26, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing
This book was SOOOOOOOOO good. I couldn't put it down at all. I especially liked how there was a lot of action and suspense. It was nerve-racking at some parts, however, when the Gestapo were too close to the truth. I especially liked Espen when he found ways to outwit the Nazi soldiers. In general, it was a great book that everyone must read.
Mary Aalgaard
Nov 10, 2014 Mary Aalgaard rated it it was amazing
Shadow on the Mountain takes place during WWII in Norway. The Nazis have occupied the country, and everyone's life has changed. Espen is 14-years-old when the Nazis first arrive. He plays soccer with his schoolmates and he's in the Boy Scouts. Soon, his scout uniform is confiscated by the Gestapo and soccer games are a thing of the past. Now, he uses his skills to carry secret papers and messages, on skis, bicycle, on foot, or by train. He risks much to fight for justice. Margi Preus based this ...more
I thought the basic premise of this--Norwegian spies and resistance workers during the Nazi regime--was really interesting. It also did a good job of looking at why some people worked with the Nazis instead of fighting them. But overall, I found a lot of the dialogue quite stilted and the characterizations to be a bit shallow. Despite such a fascinating topic (based on an actual spy), I was never sucked into the story the way I wanted to be. It's not a bad book by any means, it just wasn't a boo ...more
Marvin E.
May 12, 2016 Marvin E. rated it it was amazing
The Nazi have taken over your home country what do you do? obviously not become come a spy and spy on the Nazi, because that would of definitely get you in trouble.This book's genre is adventure and historical fiction.I liked the book a lot, it has a great change of perspective between characters like from the main character to his sister and his enemy.This book has a great story that is told through every characters.
First of all this book is about a fourteen year old boy named Espen that live
Characters: Espen, the main character, Ingrid, Espen's sister, Aksel, the boy nobody ever liked and who joined the Germans, and Tante Marie, Espen's main contact and the one who first got him started in the Resistance/underground work.
Conflict: Espen was just a normal Norwegian boy who should have been thinking about skiing, or soccer, or school, or other regular things. But instead, he was constantly worried about being shot by Germans, caught by Germans, or having him and his family tortured b
Jun 18, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
This is my third Young Adult book about World War 2. I have read the Bomb, Unbroken YOUng Adult version and this book. The Bomb was a book that left one with so much to think about what happens when the world is at stake and we can only know a tiny bit of the truth. The story of occupied Norway in the Bomb made me want to read Shadow of the MOuntain. Unbroken left me untouched. It is the story of the survival of Louis Zamperini and his incredible life force. But somehow, that left me cold. If fe ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Steph rated it really liked it
Germany invades Norway during World War II. During the occupation of Norway, teenage boys choose one of two ways: there is a resistance movement formed by some while others heavily sympathize with the Nazis.

What I liked: It was awesome reading that even teenagers can make a difference. I think it is important for kids to see even doing small things in a time of need can be incredibly important. I also like the setting of Norway and the small phrases and Norwegian tidbits thrown in. (I lived in
Aug 03, 2014 Grace rated it liked it
Shelves: wwii
The book is about Norway under the Nazi occupation, told from the perspective of a teenage boy who works for the resistance. Some of the situations were confusing, such as how the soccer team morphed into a resistance cell and made contact with the right people. The main character,Espen, is likeable in how he works hard and volunteers to help the cause, but is also very scared. He shows that you can be brave but frightened at the same time. I think boys reading this book would identify with him ...more
Ismael Garcia
Mar 01, 2016 Ismael Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 01, 2016 Leonard rated it it was amazing
This is an thrilling story set in the time when the Nazis invaded Norway and expected to receive a warm welcome, but instead were faced with hostility and anger. The main characters in the book are teenagers who surprisingly undermine the Nazi occupation working as spies and and helping support the home country in other ways. The Scandinavian countries were especially successful in resisting the Nazis, but not without paying a price. Thousands of Norwegians died and some were very young. However ...more
Grace Johnson
Main Characters- Espen- A brave teenager who has gone through a lot during the time period, Ingrid (Espen 19s sister)- A strong and clever girl, Kjell (Espen 19s best friend)-A courageous friend who believes he is doing what is good for the world, Askel (Espen 19s enemy)- A cold-hearted , powerful boy.
Setting-Norway and Sweden during World War 2
Genre-Historical Fiction
Point of View-3rd person, Follows Espen, Ingrid and Askel
Conflict-Espen must protect his family, make connections , and fight th
Katie Levin
Dec 09, 2014 Katie Levin rated it really liked it
Shadow on the Mountain tells the story of a young boy named Espen who lives in Norway during the time of World War II. During the story, Germany invades Norway and the town Espen grew up in is soon taken over by Nazi soldiers. Espen joins the resistance with some of his friends and is first asked to deliver anti-Nazi newspapers to specific houses. He is then asked to perform more top-secret tasks like delivering certain items and mapping out an entire Nazi Prisoner of War Camp. Espen goes throug ...more
Jordyn Oakland
Dec 09, 2014 Jordyn Oakland rated it really liked it
Margi Preus’s novel Shadow on the mountain: A novel inspired by the true adventures of a wartime spy takes place during World War II after Nazi Germany invaded Norway. The events taken place in the book are based on the young 14-year-old Norwegian boy, Erling Sorrusten, who is portrayed by Espen. After watching his country being destroyed by Nazi Germany, Espen joins the resistance as a courier by carrying illegal newspapers and becomes one of the most trusted members. Espen encounters many hard ...more
Grace B
Characters; Espen, Ingrid, Aksel, Shell [not sure how to spell]
Conflict; In this book a boy named Espen and everyone in his town are suffering from the nazi group. Espen feels helpless so he decides to help out by delivering secret messages all over his area. One day when everything is getting worse he leaves to go to Sweden because the nazi have now searched there house as found Ingrid [his sister] her diary and read all the secret things. He must leave so they do not catch him. But his tracks
Feb 11, 2014 Serianna rated it really liked it
This was a fun adventure/spy novel about a young boy determined to fight the Nazi's occupation of Norway during World War II. I gave it 4 stars because I didn't feel the emotional side of how tragic the circumstances are through Espen. Ingrid, Espen's little sister, displays the tragedy and heart-wrenching circumstances better than the protagonist and she wasn't in the book enough for my liking. Her quiet rebellions were awesome and very human, in my opinion.

Aside from the emotional aspect, Esp
Madison Young
Dec 10, 2014 Madison Young rated it really liked it
Shadow on the Mountain tells the story of a young boy named Espen who lives in Norway during the time of World War II. During the story, Germany invades Norway and the town Espen grew up in is soon filled with Nazi soldiers. Espen and his group of friends decide to join the Nazi Resistance, promising to do anything they can to stop the invasion. First Espen is asked to deliver anti-Nazi newspapers to specific houses. As time goes on, he is asked to perform more top-secret tasks such as deliverin ...more
Maddie Gingold
Jan 25, 2016 Maddie Gingold rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caudill-2016
Espen is a teenage boy caught in the middle of world war 2. His small town in Norway is being invaded by the Germans, and Espen and his friends take it upon themselves to help their families and friends, but over the span of about 5 years that this book takes place, it gets harder and harder for them to help. Espen's sister Ingrid is a few years younger than him, and when Espen starts leaving the house for weeks at a time, Ingrid becomes curious as to what Espen is doing, and she becomes involve ...more
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