Shadow on the Mountain – Margi Preus

When the Nazis begin to occupy Norway in the early 1940’s, they anticipate that the citizens will be grateful for their presence and will be easy to mold.  While many young Norwegians quickly move to support the Nazis, many others resist and begin an underground rebellion.  Espen, a young teenage boy, eagerly joins the resistance movement.  He starts by delivering newspapers illegally, but quickly progresses to more dangerous adventures.  Throughout his journey, Espen leans about trust, love, family, loyalty, and extreme sacrifice.  The story, based on the real adventures of a brave young Norwegian, is quite compelling and presents a rarely-told perspective of World War II.

NetGalley review        Publication date 9.1.12

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