Notable Books for a Global Society

Shadow on the Mountain

Fourteen-year-old Espen and his friends are swept up in the resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Norway. He gets his start delivering illegal newspapers, then graduates to the role of courier, and finally becomes a spy, dodging the Gestapo along the way.

During five years of 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 over the mountains to Sweden.

The story is based on real events and the experiences of real people. The book contains photos, maps, and archival material.

Published by Amulet Books. Cover art by Yuko Shimizu.

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Praise for Shadow on the Mountain

Preus . . . relates this wartime tale with intelligence and humor. . . deftly using 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.
— Wall Street Journal
The narrative is woven with lively enough daily historical detail to inspire older middle-grade readers to want to learn more about the Resistance movement — a morally satisfying page turner.
— Kirkus, starred review
This is at once a spy thriller, a coming-of-age story, and a chronicle of escalating bravery. Multidimensional characters fill this gripping tale that keeps readers riveted to the end.
— School Library Journal, starred review

Awards for Shadow on the MOuntain

Kirkus Best Books of the Year

VOYA Top Shelf for MG Readers

Bank Street College Best Books

Notable Books for a Global Society

Dorothy Canfield Fisher List

ALSC Tweens Recommended Reading List

Young Hoosier Award List

Judy Lopez Memorial Honor

Jeannette Fair Memorial Award