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Snow Treasure

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,233 Ratings  ·  423 Reviews
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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Penny Peck
Mar 13, 2013 Penny Peck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jim Thomsen
Jul 21, 2010 Jim Thomsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Laura Verret
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
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Peter
Aug 18, 2010 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Wendy
Sep 29, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
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.
Mike Smith
May 06, 2011 Mike Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My childhood favorite! Brilliant story of children bravely resisting their Nazi occupiers in a winter wonderland.
Alex Baugh
May 24, 2013 Alex Baugh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
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
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Heather
A book I had read as a child. I assigned it to my students for their Book Club...but as I met to discuss with them, I couldn't remember enough of the book to make intelligent comments and as I was grading their assignments I was clueless. So I decided I needed to re-read the book.

3.5 stars. This is a fun and engaging WWII fiction story. It is based on a true story (or a legend that is believed to be true), but the fragments of the true story were very sparse so this story is mostly created by th
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Carri
Oct 02, 2008 Carri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Lesa
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
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Christene
Dec 07, 2012 Christene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story based on a true story of WWII. I read this to my children and they loved it also.
Rick
Mar 09, 2014 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first novel!
Anna Gille
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Tilia
Jun 06, 2013 Tilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kevin
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
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Gayle Swift
May 26, 2012 Gayle Swift rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christy
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
Nancy K
Jul 12, 2015 Nancy K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book when I was a child. My brother had read it, and then I did. Forgot about it until I read a review for a new book "The Boys Who Challenged Hitler," but this one takes place in Denmark instead of Norway. May read that one, too!
Heidi Goehmann
This book is such a gem! I love that it looks at World War II from a different vantage point, and primarily from the children's eyes. Well written! My entire family could kept asking for one more page. Myself included!!!
Tyler Hart
Dec 30, 2012 Tyler Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marilyn
Oct 20, 2011 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindy
Mar 26, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting true story! Loved it! I highly recommend it!
Barrett Nelson
Peter Lindstrom was having a another fun day sledding after school with his friends in another one of Norway's seemingly endless winters. He was used to it though. He has navigated through those woods since he could remember, even in blizzards all by himself. That is why his uncle Victor recruited him to send hundreds of thousands of dollars in gold to Uncle Victor's ship to be taken away for America. They had to do this because they knew it was only a matter of time before the Nazis decided th ...more
Ryan
Feb 24, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nathan Bruns
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Lynn
Full review: http://books-n-music.blogspot.com/201.... I remember reading this book when I was about 9 or 10. I loved it then! And I liked it now and can see why it appealed to me at that age. I wanted to reread and review it, then send it off to my grandchildren! A good story of adventure and smuggling--done by children! It's not as heavy-handed nor unrealistic as you might imagine. I think what appeals to children is that the children are such heroes!
Sarah Brazytis
Jun 01, 2015 Sarah Brazytis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful as well as an interesting historical read. The invasion of Norway by Nazi troops is not a story well-known, at least by Americans. We found this glimpse into a lesser known facet of the Second World War to be fascinating.

Young Peter Lundstrom and his friends are not especially worried about the war coming to Norway - until Peter's uncle comes home early from fishing and begins to organize construction of air-raid shelters. More importantly to Peter, his father, a bank emplo
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Matthew Navratil
In the book snow treasure by Marie McSwigan it takes place durnig WW2 in a small village in norway the main charater is a boy by the name of peter lundstrom and his friends also his dad, uncle and german soilders were all major characters in the book. Peters uncle and dad one day call peter into a room to talk to him and they tell him that they need his help for a huge operation to transfer money from the village bank but for a small village this bank had over $ 9,000,000 of money in it and the ...more
Grace Bradley
Apr 26, 2014 Grace Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jill
Apr 21, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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