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A daring adventure based on a true story about a group of Norwegian children who smuggled nine million dollars in gold past Nazi sentries during World War II. "A story of courage and wits and grim determination."--The New York Times.
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published October 20th 2005 by Dutton Children's Books (first published 1942)
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Jim Thomsen
One of my favorite childhood books. I first read this when I was eight or nine, and recently re-read it. More than 35 years didn't dim in the least my pleasure with this robust and realistic kids' adventure, set in Norway in the early days of World War II.

The story: As Nazi Germans begin to occupy Norway in the winter of 1940, leaders in the town of Riswyk fear that the enemy will gets its hands on the gold bullion — tens of millions of kroners' worth — that make up the financial foundation of...more
Alex Baugh
This review is also posted at The Children's War

One day they weren't there and the next day, Norway was swarming with Nazis, even up by the cold, cold Arctic Circle in the little town of Riswyk, where winter lasts for most of the year. But just before their arrival;, Peter Lundstrom, 12 almost 13, knows that something is up among the adults in Riswyk.

His father, a banker, and Uncle Victor, a fisherman, and other townsmen have devised a plan to get Norway's gold out of the country and to America...more
Penny Peck
Based on a true story, this World War II novel would be considered historical fiction now, but when it was published, it was about an incident that occurred just two years before. Children in Norway helped to move gold bars to a ship, which took the gold to the U.S. to keep it out of the hands of the Nazis. This edge-of-your-seat tale is tightly written and is sure to be of interest to any 4th-7th graders who like adventure stories. In fact, Snow Treasure was chosen for its Alameda County Librar...more
Aug 18, 2010 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I loved this book when I was a boy. It really captured my imagination, and stayed there. Nor was I the only one; I know several others who also loved that book. That's not too surprising; it was very popular in schools when I was young, and there were a lot of copies floating around.

I read it once a year or so until I was in my late teens. Some time in my 20s I picked up a copy, but eventually it ended up in a box down in my basement; it's still there, if it hasn't disintegrated.

But I never forg...more
This is possibly the first book I ever read about World War II. It's funny and exciting, and the kids are heroes in a realistic way. My fourth grade class read it, a couple of years later, and I remember that both boys and girls really enjoyed it.
My sixth grade teacher read us this book. I loved it and could hardly wait for our after lunch reading time to find out what happened next. I read it many, many times after that and have read it to my children. A great story!
Mike Smith
My childhood favorite! Brilliant story of children bravely resisting their Nazi occupiers in a winter wonderland.
Peter, Michael, Lovisa, and Helga love to play out in the snow, pummeling each other with snowballs and racing on their sleds. They aren’t heroes or great patriots. They’re just children who love Norway and would do anything to save her from the Nazis. But what can a bunch of children do? Quite a lot, as it turns out…

Nine million dollars worth of gold bullion is hidden in a cave near their city. The Nazi invasion of Norway has seriously hampered the effort to transport the gold safely out of the...more
I first read this book perhaps thirty-five or forty years ago. The fact that it has stuck with me all that time is an endorsement in itself, for I had not read it for several decades at least and yet I remembered it well enough to purchase it for my son.

At the dawn of World War II, a courageous band of Norwegian villagers is faced with a dilemma: how can they move their country's gold out of reach of the Nazis? A spy ring of children, organized by a fisherman, works out a solution. They will spi...more
The book "Snow Treasure" by Marie McSwigan is a historical-fiction book about a boy named Peter that had to save his country of Norway because the Germans were invading them. Peter, his friend Michael, and other kids in their school have to hide all of Norway's gold so that his uncle Victor can store it in a safe place from the Germans. Will Peter and his friends succeed in burying the gold so the Germans can't find it?
I picked this book up because it looked very interesting. My first thought wa...more
Gayle Swift
This is a wonderful YA book that pairs well with "Number the Stars." by Lois Lowry.

"Snow Treasure" unravels the heroic story of a group of school children during the Nazi occupation of Norway of WWII. They transport the gold bullion from a local bank to a carefully camouflaged ship that awaits in a fjord. The children haul the bricks of bullion tied on their sleds. Under the guise of play, their heroic adventure repeats itself day after day for several weeks. On daily encounters with the German...more
In the bleak winter of 19 0, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lindstrom'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 coun...moreIn the bleak winter of 19 0, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lindstrom's tiny Norwegian village and held it captive....more
Tyler Hart
I recommend this book to anybody who likes a good adventure. Peter Lundstrom never thought he would become a hero. But that bleak winter of 1940 was like no other. Nazi troops parachuted into Peter's tiny village and held it captive. Nobody thought they could be defeated until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children of the village could fool the Nazi's. It was a dangerous plan. Peter and his friends had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds. It meant r...more
This book is the story of Norwegian children moving by sled the treasure of their town's gold to a ship sailing to the U.S. for safekeeping during the Nazi occupation of Norway. Written for children it is never the less a worthwhile read for anyone interested in this era and gives insight into the bavery of children and townspeople who risked their lives to resist the tyranny of the Nazis who occupied their beloved Norway. It is based on fact with a few changes in detail to protect those involve...more
Do you have a favorite children's book, one that has always stayed with you? Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan is a favorite of three generations in my family. I just reread if for the oddest reason. I'm doing a brown bag lunch in a couple weeks. The topic is "The World at War", and I'm featuring books about World War I and World War II. And, I have to say, Snow Treasure remains one of my favorite novels about World War II.

When I was a kid, the edition I read said Snow Treasure was based on a true...more
Grace Bradley
Snow Treasure is about a young boy named Peter who is from a small village in Norway that is invaded by Nazi Germans. He, his Uncle Victor, and his father come up with a plan to smuggle the country's gold to America so that the Germans don't get a hold of it. They decide to use the children's sleds to get it past the Germans and into Uncle Victors boat. One soldier catches on to their plan and captures Peter. Peter is rescued by Jan and fleas to his Uncle Victor's boat and they sail to America....more
I enjoyed the intense sequences of when they were sledding, or when Uncle Victor would have to jump on his skis and run away. I felt empathy for the children. How dangerous it would've been, and how scared, nervous, and not self confident I would be in that situation. With my poor mindset I would probably fallen off my sled, sending the bricks flying out right in front of the Nazis and Norway would have been screwed. Its crazy to me to think that Uncle Victor would put so much trust into two twe...more
Aug 18, 2012 April rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: fiction
Wonderful book - for young and old alike! :)
Love the setting, characters were clear and real, and though I haven't read it in quite a while, from what I remember the storytelling was good too.
Cari Williams
Snow Treasure is about a young boy named Peter whom is from a small village in Norway that is invaded by Nazi Germans. He, his Uncle Victor, and his father come up with a plan to smuggle the country's gold to America so that the Germans don't get a hold of it. They decide to use the children's sleds to get it past the Germans and into Uncle Victors boat. One soldier catches on to their plan and captures Peter. Peter is rescued by Jan and fleas to his Uncle Victor's boat and they sail to America....more
Wonderful story based on a true story of WWII. I read this to my children and they loved it also.
Inspired by a fascinating true story: Norwegian children on sleds smuggling gold passed German Nazi sentry to ultimately reach America for save keeping during the World War II. Unfortunately, even though an amazing adventure, I found the way the story was told a bit flat. Only towards the end, did the pace pick up. Maybe it's rather that there isn't much tension and suspense in the beginning, it sounds almost too matter-of-fact at first. Nevertheless, children interested in historical fiction ar...more
One of my favorite kids' books. Read it aloud when we homeschooled.
I read several favorable reviews on this book a few months ago. I put this book on hold at our Public Library, and just got word to pick it up a couple of days ago.

There were stories of this having taken place in Norway, but there was no evidence that it really happened. It's a great story or courage on the part of both the children, and their families. The children took gold bars down the mountain on their sleds, past the German soldiers. They made snowmen over the buried gold bars, and men ca...more
On the heels of reading a rather serious WWII historical fiction book for adults, I launched into another serious WWII historical fiction, but this time it is written about kids, for kids. “Snow Treasure”, the true story of courageous Norwegian children who play out an actual event that took place in Norway. (Events and plan, real; character names, probably not.)

In June of 1940, a Norwegian freighter reached Baltimore, Maryland with the precious cargo of gold bullion worth $9 million. It did so...more
The forward to Snow Treasure says:

On June 28,1940, nearly a year after World War II broke out in Europe, the Norwegian freighter BOMMA reached Baltimore with a cargo of gold bullion worth $9,000,000…..The gold, it was reported, had been slipped past Nazi sentries by Norwegian boys and girls!…So that no harm might come to the brave children, the captain would not tell the location of the fiord (where the freighter hid and to which the children brought their sleds).
For many years the story was b...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to ds as part of our history curriculum.

I've read this book a couple of times in the distant past and the story vaguely stayed with me. It is the story of how children were used to take gold from the bank of Norway on their sleds, right past the Nazis and then bury it in the snow and build snowmen on top of it. The gold was then secretly, at night taken aboard a hidden ship by the crew who, when the mission was completed would take the country's money to the US for...more
"Beat you to the turn!" Peter Lundstrom shot his sled down the long steep slope.

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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 importa...more
I am giving this book a 5 star rating as my grade school self. This is one of the books that I remember reading multiple times and the main tenets of the story have stuck with me for 40 years. the story is how a group of kids helped smuggle some gold out of Norway, just as Norway was invaded by the Nazi's; back in the day, it was considered based on a true story, but now, it's no longer marketed that way.

The is definitely a book intended for middle grade readers. Reading it again as an adult, t...more
Abigail Larsen
My family read this book once, and then I read it again, and then I listened to it on tape three times after that. One of the many things that makes World War II interesting (and very sad) is how many countries were affected. You may know everything about what it was like to live in Germany during World War II, but what about Estonia?PapuaNewGuinea? Russia?

Snow Treasure is based on the true story of what can be accomplished with teamwork, courage, and a bunch of kids who are willing to make sacr...more
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A life-long writer, Ms. McSwigan wrote for several Pittsburgh newspapers and worked in publicity for many area institutions, including Kennywood Park and the University of Pittsburgh, before in 1947 she devoted all of her time to writing. Her first book was a biography of the primitive painter John Kane, who became popular after his death and on account of McSwigan's book. She was an award winning...more
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