Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Giveaway: Exciting Wartime Spy Thriller

Shadow on the Mountain
by Maggie Preus
Amulet (Abrams)
304 pages

I have 10 copies of the arc (advance reader copy) of Shadow on the Mountain compliments of Amulet (Abrams) up for grabs.

Read about the book from the publisher's website:

"About the book
Shadow on the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-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. 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. 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.
Preus incorporates archival photographs, maps, and other images to tell this story based on the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten, whom Preus interviewed in Norway."

Here are what others are saying:

"Newbery Honor winner Preus infuses the story with the good-natured humor of a largely unified, peace-loving people trying to keep their sanity in a world gone awry. Based on a true story, 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 and imitate Espen’s adventures."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A closely researched historical novel... relates this wartime tale with intelligence and humor...Ms. 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."
—The Wall Street Journal

"Margi Preus, who won a Newbery honor for Heart of a Samurai, returns with another riveting work of historical fiction... 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."

If you would love a chance for a copy, please post a comment to the blog and include your first name, city, state, and email contact address. Sorry, we can only ship to U.S. addresses.

Deadline for posts is September 26 at noon MST. Winners are chosen randomly by Randomizer. Winners will be notified after noon on the 26th. Please check your email. Winners have 24 hours to respond to the email and send me their mailing information. Books will ship from New York courtesy of Amulet (Abrams).

Don't miss this fascinating ya title.

Start posting and good luck!


  1. Amanda Galliton
    Wichita Falls, TX

  2. I plan on sharing this later in the year for a demonstration of pairing historical fiction and nonfiction. I'd love to have an extra copy to share with teachers!

    San Marcos, CA

  3. A middle school book for boys and girls-YAY!

    Barb Gogan
    Sudbury Public Schools (MA)
    barbara_gogan @

  4. My students will love this book!

  5. Sounds exciting!
    Jane Perry
    Winslow, ME

  6. Reminds me of Kathleen Benner Duble's Phantoms in the Snow. Would love a copy.

    Needham MA

  7. After being a high school librarian for 20+ years, I am now k-12. Learning books for younger kids is interesting but having good ones makes it better. Kids are clamoring for good stories like this one so can't wait to read it and get it in their hands. Thanks for sharing....
    Carolyn Roys
    roysc at
    Dwight Public Schools
    801 S Franklin
    Dwight, IL 60420

  8. Would love a copy!

    Delana Smith
    Martin, TN

  9. This sounds like a great historical fiction novel.

    Heidi Grange
    Logan, Utah
    hg195 at yahoo dot com

  10. Please enter me in the contest. You always have the best books to give away.

    Brenda Lemon
    Chapman HS Library
    400 W. 4th Street
    Chapman KS. 67431

  11. This book looks wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Bristol, VA

  12. Another book I would buy if I had a library budget.

    Mindy Linthicum
    Newman Middle School
    355 S Osage
    Skiatook, OK 74070

  13. Would be a great addition, especially now that my budget has been severely cut!

  14. Sounds like an interesting title.

    Belann Earley
    Union Middle School
    Sandy, UT

  15. What a great story.
    Janice G.
    Independence, MO

  16. WWII is very popular with our boys. This one will be a winner!
    Copperas Cove, TX

  17. Yay! A book I can recommend for my voracious "anything about war, Miss" readers:)
    Pasadena, TX

  18. Shadow on the Mountain would be very popular in my all guys'

    Donna Cooper
    Hargrave Military Academy
    200 Military Drive
    Chatham, VA 24531

  19. Thanks for the heads up on an incredible read!

    Susan Light
    Christiansburg High School
    Christiansburg VA

  20. We have a lot of students who are interested in WWII. This is great!

    Nili Resnick
    New Hyde Park Memorial HS
    New Hyde Park NY

  21. Sounds awesome -- we'd love a copy!

    Gregory Taylor
    Hillside JHS library
    Boise, Idaho

  22. I'm always looking for good fiction that ties in to the Holocaust, since we study that topic in my school.

    New Milford, CT

  23. Can't wait to read!
    Ephrata, PA

  24. Always up for a good mystery.
    Heidi Lewis
    Guinyard-Butler Middle School
    779 Allen Street
    Barnwell, SC 29812

  25. Would love a new mystery to add to our HS collection!

    Portland, OR

  26. Looks really neat!

    Ellen Stolarski
    Saint Marys Area Middle School
    Saint Marys, PA

  27. My historial fictions kiddos will love this title.
    I enjoy reading your reviews.

    Oklahoma City, OK

  28. Sound like a great read for my MS World War II fans :)


    Falls City, NE

  29. Sounds like a great read!

    Northwood, NH

  30. Historical fiction is always popular.
    Janice G.
    Independence, MO

  31. Always great to read another book sharing historical events.
    Donna Jo C
    Worcester Free Library
    Worcester NY 12197

  32. This sounds like a great read!

    Katie L.
    Chicago, IL

  33. I would really like to read this title. It sounds similar to an oldie I read growing up--SNOW TREASURE by Marie McSwigan. I really enjoyed Preus' book, HEART OF A SAMURAI.
    Mary D.
    Rockville, MD

  34. WOW! Sounds terrific.
    Rochester, NY