Preus deftly uses together historical fact Espen is based on a real-life spy and elements of Norwegian culture to conjure a time and place not so terribly long ago.
This fine novel, which includes an author's note, a timeline, a bibliography and even a recipe for invisible ink, is based on extensive research The result is an authentic coming-of-age story, perfect for readers fascinated by the diary of Anne Frank or Lois Lowry's classic, Number the Stars. That Espen escaped to Sweden by traveling at night on skis with five different guides should intrigue them.
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This romantic interlude helps lighten some of the otherwise extremely tense and scary situations the novel describes. As the war is reaching its climactic last year, the Nazi grip on Norway tightens and the Germans attempt to crush all of the Resistance movement once and for all.
Shadow on the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 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. Shadow on the Mountain recounts the adventures of a year-old Norwegian boy named Espen during World War II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies.
Just as Espen completes his final and most dangerous mission — smuggling the blueprints of a German compound — his team is compromised and about to be caught. Espen knows that the person they really want to capture is him, so if he wants to save the lives of his sister, his girlfriend, and everyone in the Resistance movement, he must make the potentially fatal decision to cross over the mountains to Sweden.
The novel ends very abruptly with Espen in Sweden. Instead of continuing the story of the fictional character and imagining what could have happened to him and his family after the war, Preus now switches gears into pure historical mode.
She then goes on to recount what happened to Erling after the war and includes some photographs, a timeline, a map, and suggestions for further reading for those who would like to explore this period of history further. Shadow on the Mountain Summary.
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Discover everything Scribd has to offer, including books and audiobooks from major publishers. Skip to main content. Espen gets his start by delivering illegal newspapers, then graduates to the role of courier and finally becomes a spy, dodging the Gestapo along the way. Already have an account? During five years under the Nazi regime, he gains—and loses—friends, falls in love, and makes one small mistake that threatens to catch up with him as he sets out to escape on skis over the mountains to Sweden.
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