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The year is 1942, and Norway is under Nazi occupation. Twelve-year-old Marit has decided to take action, despite her grandfather’s warnings. But will her plan work? Can she really complete her part of this secret code? And even if she can, would it make any difference to the Resistance?
As this novel reveals what Norwegian people did to preserve their dignity and freedoms,
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 3rd 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jjhockey24
May 19, 2014 Jjhockey24 rated it really liked it
“Klipfish Code”
Author, Mary Casanova

BOOM! BANG! Norway is getting bombed and Marit and her brother Lars rush downstairs where find their parents. “Get downstairs now!” Yells their dad. They run but don’t make it in time so instead, they hide under the kitchen table. It is morning and Marit and Lars find out that they have to be sent to and island with their aunt and uncle. At this point Marit is not happy.They are at the island with Aunt Ingeborg and Uncle Bestafar. Everything is different….
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Alex Baugh
Oct 19, 2012 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
Military tactics of the Nazis when conquering countries was an early morning blitz attack from the sky by the Luftwaffe, dropping bombs cities, towns and villages to assert their power and scare people, followed by an invasion of foot soldiers who took over everything while folks were still stunned. That is exactly what the Nazis did on the morning of April 9, 1940 in Denmark and Norway.

Mary Casanova's novel, The Klipfish Code, begins just this way. In a small village in Norway, the blitz bombi
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Christopher
Mar 06, 2015 Christopher rated it liked it
The reason I rated this book 3 stars instead of 4 stars, is because it had good facts and an interesting plot but the book wasn't one that just you couldn't put down. Also the ending was very rushed and half of the war was put into 10-20 pages while the first 2 years of the war was put into 200 pages. Those 200 pages were well described but the ending wasn't written as well as the beginning and middle. This book showed the struggles of the Norwegians and the resistance soldiers, also it showed h ...more
Hannah Scott
Jan 15, 2016 Hannah Scott rated it it was amazing
I really liked how the story was told from Marit's perspective, giving the reader a chance to better understand what the war was like for her while helping the Resistance and being away from her parents for over 5 years.
Brenda
Jan 14, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it
This is another book that Emily read and I decided to read too. The fact that I have always been interested in WWII was another factor that drew me to pick up this book. The Klipfish Code is set in Norway while the country is occupied by Germany during WWII. Siblings are sent to stay with an aunt and grandfather after their house is damaged in a bombing. The read reason they are sent away is that their parents are part of the resistance movement and believe the children will be safer in a rural ...more
Tessa Joy
Nov 14, 2014 Tessa Joy rated it really liked it
Marit Gundersen thought Norway would be safe from the Nazis. But when the Nazis invade her country, Marit’s parents send Marit and her brother, Lars, to live with their fisherman grandfather and aunt on Godøy Island. Even though the island is somewhat secluded, Nazis still patrol the island and take away such necessities as blankets, food, and radios from the villagers. In Marit’s eyes, she thinks her grandfather is too willing to go along with the Nazis even after her aunt is sent away for refu ...more
Amy
Jul 24, 2013 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well-researched, well-written children's story about the German occupation of Norway during World War II. Marit is the protagonist, who at ten years old is sent to live with her grandfather and Aunt Ingeborg on an island after the Nazis bomb her hometown. Marit and her brother Lars live surrounded by Nazis in constant fear. They are safe while their parents are Resistance fighters. Once their aunt is taken away by the Gestapo, now twelve-year-old Marit decides that she can no longer s ...more
Sana Maria Soufi
Feb 28, 2013 Sana Maria Soufi rated it it was amazing
The Klipfish Code
Mary Casanova
Historical Fiction
240 Pages


BOOM!! That was the sound that changed twelve year old Marit’s life forever. Her cozy little house in Norway had been bombed by the Nazis. They had finally invaded Norway, and Marit’s parents decided to stand by the British. Marit and her little brother, Lars, were sent to the island where her cantankerous grandfather and her iron-fisted aunt lived. Her aunt who was a school teacher taught students, including Marit and Lars, in an old chur
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Sana Maria Soufi
The Klipfish Code
Mary Casanova
Historical Fiction
240 Pages


BOOM!! That was the sound that changed twelve year old Marit’s life forever. Her cozy little house in Norway had been bombed by the Nazis. They had finally invaded Norway, and Marit’s parents decided to stand by the British. Marit and her little brother, Lars, were sent to the island where her cantankerous grandfather and her iron-fisted aunt lived. Her aunt who was a school teacher taught students, including Marit and Lars, in an old chur
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Tami
Aug 10, 2013 Tami rated it liked it
The Klipfish Code focuses on Marit Gundersen, a 10-year-old girl in 1940 when the Germans bomb her town of Isfjorden in Norway at the beginning of World War II. The sudden German Occupation of Norway that followed the initial bombings is the backdrop for Marit's story.

Marit and her younger brother Lars are sent out of the city to live with their maternal grandfather and aunt, Bestefar and Ingeborg Halversen, in Alesund, their mother's childhood home. Marit's parents are trying to keep their chil
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Stephanie
Aug 06, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
It is 1942 when the Nazis occupy Norway. Marit is only twelve, and she and her younger brother, Lars, are sent to live with their grandfather and aunt because Marit’s parents are part of the resistance fighting back. Marit adjusts to her new town and even makes some friends. Of course, it's a little strange at first to have her aunt for a teacher, but at school she gets to see her aunt in a whole new light. Nazi soldiers are all around the town and they have taken sheets, blankets, food, radios, ...more
Aud
Nov 28, 2012 Aud rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
I wanted to read this book because growing up in Norway I heard a lot about the German occupation during WW2, and it is very fascinating to me that one country could just come in and take over like that for five years. All of a sudden, people just had to lay low and try to get by with food rationing, no schools for the children because the Germans needed the buildings, etc. My dad was supposed to start school in Oslo in 1944, but was delayed by one year because the Germans used his school buildi ...more
Toni Rhodes
Jan 29, 2016 Toni Rhodes rated it really liked it
Excellent WWII novel for upper elem/middle grade readers. Set in Norway, readers learn that many Norwegians resisted the brutal occupation of the Nazis. The story focuses on a girl who is 10 at the beginning and 15 at the end. She and her brother are sent to live with their grandfather and aunt after the family's home is bombed. The writing is crisp and exciting, perfect for reading aloud. (Do teachers still do this?)
Samantha
The Klipfish Code is a fast paced novel about a young girl named Marit living in Norway during World War II. The author does an admirable job of bringing awareness of Nazi atrocities while keeping the details at a level appropriate for children at about a fifth grade reading level. Marit has to make some mature, responsible decisions when her home is bombed by Germans and she and her brother are sent to live with her grandfather. She resents his attitude towards the invaders and struggles with h ...more
Jodie
I enjoy reading historical fiction novels and this one did not disappoint. It was easy reading. I got hung up on a few of the words, but there was a glossary in the back of the book to help me understand some of those Norwegian terms I needed help with. Set in a coastal village of Norway, you find out what life was like for a family that is now living in that area during the German occupation of World War II. Marit and her brother Lars are forced by her parents to move to this coastal village af ...more
Erin K
This book is a nail biting tale of a 12 year old who wants to help stop the Nazis, who have come to her small Norwegian village. She risks her life to pass on secrets that will help the resistance. Writing connection: use fishbone organizer to explore cause and effect of different events in the story.
Holly Thompson
Oct 08, 2013 Holly Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5th-grade, 6th-grade
I am not usually a fan about stories that take place during war time, but this book about Norway during World War 2 was so interesting and moving. It felt so real to read and it made me wonder what it was like to be in Sweden during that time since my family lived there, so close to Norway. I hear so many stories of what it was like in Germany or Austria, but this was the first story I had read about Norway. I was also able to meet the Author and she spoke of how she did the research for this bo ...more
Will
Oct 03, 2014 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book and I loved how the book used words in different languages. But it doesn't show the characters progressing in age they stay exactly the same over five years. Also she skips time a lot 1-3 years. So that's why I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Kate
May 24, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
This book is adventurous and exciting,with thrills that will sweep you off your feet. Mary Casanova does an amazing job creating a character that is bold and brave, which is an added bonus to what is already a great historical novel.
Simon
Jul 14, 2014 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good novel that shows something of the complex dilemmas that face a people whose country is occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War. The novel isn’t action-packed, but it picks up pace at the end. The heart of the story is really about taking a stand and what that costs. Marit, who is ten at the start of the war, is the hero. It’s harder for child without her parents, especially when she has a younger brother to look after. That makes Marit’s stand all the more courageous. Th ...more
Julie
Aug 03, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok
Historical fiction about the resistance to the Nazi occupation in Norway during World War II. I thought the historically accurate parts were interesting but the story kept jumping in time. The time jumps felt a little bumpy and I never felt totally into the book.
Jessica Aitoro
Jul 24, 2014 Jessica Aitoro rated it really liked it
Interesting perspective of a young Norweigan girl whose cou try has been invaded by Nazi's. She and her family tirelessly attempt to show loyalty to their homeland and bravery to help others.
Sarah Cole
Apr 28, 2014 Sarah Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story that takes place in the year 1942. Norway is under Nazi occupation. A little girl named Marit who is 12 has decided to take action. Will she heed her Grandfather's warnings????
Judy Desetti
Apr 13, 2014 Judy Desetti rated it really liked it
Shelves: gr-6-7-8, world-war-2
Another title to add to the WWII unit. This tells the daily life of Norwegians after the Nazi invaded Norway and occupied them for 5 years. Marit is sent to an island to live while her parents fight with the resistance.

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Ms. B
Dec 30, 2015 Ms. B rated it it was amazing
A most excellent book, a survival and adventure story based on a real event during World War II! Did you know the Nazis invaded Norway during World War II? The Nazis occupied it for 5 years from April 1940 until May 1945 when Winston Churchill officially declared that peace had finally come to Europe.
When Marit and her younger brother Lars's home in Norway is bombed, their parents send them away to Godøy, a Norwegian island, to live with relatives. But the Nazis are everywhere, Marit, Lars, thei
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Mary Louise Sanchez
Oct 16, 2013 Mary Louise Sanchez rated it it was amazing
When Germany invades Norway the explosion in Marit Gundersen's house in Isfjorden means she and her little brother Lars must go live with her maternal grandfather and aunt on their Norwegian island while Marit's parents stay behind to help the British defeat the Nazis. Marit feels isolated from her parents and from her seemingly distant grandfather who seems to give in to every Nazi demand, while Marit wants to openly defy the Nazis, no matter the cost. When Marit's aunt, a teacher, is taken fro ...more
Teshamae
Dec 21, 2012 Teshamae rated it really liked it
I previewed this book recently before I gave it to my 10-year-old nephew. What a great book from a Minnesota author!! I have read many book on World War 2, but this is the first one on the role Norway played in it. "The Klipfish Code" offers a piece of this tale through the eyes of 10-year-old Marit, who finds herself caught up in the Resistance (despite the disapproval of her grandfather). It's a story of adventure and courage, sure to inspire the readers in your family.

I appreciate learning mo
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Starr Elementary
Apr 22, 2014 Starr Elementary rated it really liked it
This book was ok as Holocaust books go. Not my favorite, but very informational, as it tells us about how the country of Norway was affected by World War II.
Wendy Post
Mar 22, 2014 Wendy Post rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Kids who have enjoyed Lois Lowry's Number the Stars or enjoy historical fiction will like this book. A good look at the resistance effort during WWII without getting too scary.
Agnes Budianto
Jan 25, 2016 Agnes Budianto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pinjeman
Everyone should read this book because of the thrilling story and the main theme "who do you trust?" and I like historical fiction, so this book is a real main course for me, one thing that bothers me much is the Norwegian language which I don't understand and the foot note is at the end of the book.
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