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In the bleak winter of 1940, 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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published 1942)
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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
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
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Mike Smith
My childhood favorite! Brilliant story of children bravely resisting their Nazi occupiers in a winter wonderland.
Laura
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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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
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Peter
Aug 18, 2010 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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.
Carri
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
Wonderful story based on a true story of WWII. I read this to my children and they loved it also.
Rick
My first novel!
Tilia
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
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
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
Marilyn
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
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
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
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Jason Luck
One day Peter and Lovisa Lundstrom were playing with Helga and Michael when they saw Peter’s uncle, Victor. It was strange to see him because Uncle Victor is a fisherman so, he only visits Norway after the snow has melted. Then one night Peter overheard his dad and Uncle Victor talking about how Norway got 9 million dollars worth of gold and how Nazi troops wanted to take their city. Uncle Victor came up with a brilliant plan of how he could get the children to fool the Nazis by having them take ...more
Jason
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
charlie fonseca
I would say this book is pretty good. My personal opinion it had alot of action and action in it. There was a specific part in the book when Peter walks into the dark forest alone with the gold knowing there are nazi troops in the forest waiting for anyone or anything. He travels with his friends b/c they dont expect children to be doing anything in that nature. The fact they go to such measures to save what is theres they use there own children. I would never use my child for that! It is to ris ...more
Andrea
This story is about Peter Lindstrum and his town Riesvick, which has an enormous stash of gold, and when Germans invade, their top priority is to hide the gold somehow. Peter's Uncle Victor knows what to do;
he wants the children to bring the gold to his ship on their sleds so he can take it to America.

by Wesley, grade 05
April
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.
Alyson Farmer
I enjoyed reading this book out loud to Adam and Isaac. My older boys read it at about the same age and enjoyed it. I admit to being disappointed after reading the introduction. I thought the book was based on a true story. I learned that a ship did arrive in the US with gold from Norway but there was no proof that young children had snuck the gold down the mountain on sleds. Too bad. That would have been super cool. Even so it was an entertaining read.

I appreciated the ending of the book. Since
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April
Contrary to what the kids thought they were going to think about this book based on the cover and the synopsis...they REALLY enjoyed it. We read it in a week.... A fun read about WWII and the German occupation of Norway and how the children were able to save their country's gold! The only reason it didn't get 5*, it was translated and in places it was clunky and hard to read in a flowing manner. I wish there would have been historical notes as to how much was real and what liberties were taken. ...more
Ms. B
Historical fiction that wasn't historical fiction when it was first published in 1942 (and now a classic). Marie McSwigan wrote a kid's book about children in World War II Norway during the war. At the time she wrote it she claimed that it was based on an actual event that happened in 1940. In April 1940, Germans invaded Norway and occupied it until the end of the war in 1945. This is the adventure story of Norwegian children who smuggle gold out of the country on their sleds as the Nazis watch. ...more
Nathan Patrick
i am an eight grader who did this for a read project it was a really inventive in my opinion i liked that the author fleshed out the nicely done characters and it was very nice the book tied every thing together so you can hate just one part of it you ether hate all or nothing peter the main character could have been fleshed out more i learned that the people like to sled and that its such a normal behavior that people wont notice that the kids are doing it from dawn till dusk every DAY FOR GOD ...more
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
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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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