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Shadow on the Mountain

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  868 ratings  ·  207 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 Amulet Books
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Barb Middleton
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
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
Margaret
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.

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Penny Peck
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
Mary Farrell
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
Susie
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
Beverly
Nov 30, 2012 Beverly rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 11-14 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: Best Books for Young Adults/ala.org
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
Tom
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
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
Steph
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
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Grace
Aug 03, 2014 Grace rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Katie Levin
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
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
Serianna
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
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Madison Young
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
Carl Nelson
Very interesting young adult novel based on real events of German-occupied Norway during World War II. Exciting older YA read with fast-paced action and lots of hair-raising narrow escapes. Does not shirk from showing wartime deeds, but they are written so as to be accessible to the intended audience. Recommend for readers interested in historical fiction.
Jeanne
A young-adult novel from a Duluth author about a young Nazi-resistance fighter in Norway. This is based on a true story and the action really keeps the story moving. It has nice, short chapters and at least I didn't know about this Norwegian history and expect that the story will be fresh for young people, too. Now just to get my son to read it!
Jeremy Segal
In the book Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus, a teenager in Norway decides retaliate against the German occupation of the country. Espen spies for the Norwegian resistance, and helps distribute forbidden objects such as radios with his friends. Soon though Espen’s adventures get more dangerous as friends start to help the Nazis control the people. Espen’s final mission entails mapping out the Nazis base in his hometown, but he is recognized walking back from the base, so he must move to Swe ...more
Caroline
Won the Judy Lopez 2013 Honor Book Award this June and is a fascinating look at the 5 years of Norway's resistance movement, having been invaded by Nazi Germany. Based on the real-life adventures of a Norwegian spy during World War II. The author's talk and slide show at the awards dinner was riveting as is the book!
Annie Oosterwyk
This historical fiction novel is based on the true story of a Norwegian boy who joined the resistance when the Nazi's invaded. Throughout the book I was impressed by the author's writing, her well formed characters and the tension she created with the events of the plot. I honestly could not guess whether or not this story would end well for the hero.
This story showed how some Norwegians worked against their own friends and neighbors to support the Nazis and why they might do so. The author als
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Shelby Zimmerman
This book is about a Norweigen boy named Espen who is a spy during World War II. He begins by delivering illegal newspapers but then becomes a spy. This book really shows the role Norway had with Nazi invasion. It gives readers the experience of a teen resistance fighter in the war. Overall, I found this book to be pretty well-written. It kept me intrigued with the tension of what was going to happen to Epsen. It seems like the whole book the reader is made to worry about what is going to happen ...more
Betsy
One Sentence Review: Expertly done (which you would just naturally assume from the Newbery Honor winning author) though it lacks that extra little oomph it needs to stay memorable over time.
Jessica
When the Nazis occupied Norway, they expected to be welcomed with open arms. The Norwegians were the Aryan ideal: tall, blond, and blue-eyed, but they were strangely resistant to being taken over by the Nazis... Almost immediately the most organized WWII resistance efforts began, with resistance organized into three branches: the civilians, military, and intelligence. Preus' book is based on the true story of a young teen who started as a courier carrying illegal newspapers and ended by being ar ...more
Cole
Mar 04, 2015 Cole is currently reading it
I think the main message was to persevere the nazi forces that were trying to take over Norway. This book takes place in Norway on a mountain. Espen is the main character he gets a code name which is Odin. This is because the nazi forces are looking for people who disobey the nazi order. Espin is a character who opposes the nazi government.



I thought the book was good overall but a little slow. A example of this is on page 14" you must have been a good boy. Tante Marie who gave espn his code name
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H
A solid piece of historical fiction that may appeal to students in 5th/6th, this is a story of a Norwegian boy who joins the resistance in Norway early on during the German occupation. Espen starts as a courier of newspapers, but soon becomes more and more trusted in traveling and making contacts over the countryside. The book leaps through the years, and that fast pace may appeal to students. They will also enjoy the race on skis across the countryside when Espen's group is compromised. Extensi ...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Lexile Level: 730
Pages: 286

Summary: After the Nazis occupy Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from delivering illegal newspapers to being a courier and hunted spy. Little does Espen know that his eleven year old sister is also working with the resistance, stealing ration cards and giving food to prisoners.

Recommendations or Comments: This story is based on the true life adventures of Erling Storrusten who, as a teenager, risked his life to help defeat the e
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Ellen Ramsey
A fascinating and emotionally engaging adventure story. As Espen and others who are part of Norway's underground resistance battle the Nazis, Espen grows up and discovers the things that are really important to him. Normally, I avoid books about WWII, but this book had such a strong protagonist and is so well-written that I was hooked early on. The historical details that Preus includes and the "afterword" information (a timeline, bibliography, and photographs of Erling Storrusten, whose experie ...more
Evelyn Denherder
This is a well written Historical Book about Norway during WWII when the Germans were occupying the country.

The Norwegian youth of the story, girls and boys, are involved in secretly delivering documents etc. under the noses of the Germans. They often travel by skis and some of their friends are joining the Germans.

A suspenseful and enjoyable read that gives one an understanding of how difficult it was to live under occupation.

The characters are very likable and I can almost imagine being back i
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Emily Scheinman
Strongest historical fiction title I've read so far this year.
Jackie
Based on the historical events of Nazi-occupied Norway during WWII, Shadow on the Mountain is the partially fictionalized account of teenager Erling Storrusten and his undercover work as a courtier, spy, and loyal countryman to Norwegians. Norway was infiltrated with German Nazis, yet they did not succumb to the tactics laid forth before them.

This story is a thrilling one and one in which many facts are brought forth. History buffs, young and old, will relish reading about the many ways the Naz
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