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Book Title: Snow Treasure|
The author of the book: Marie McSwigan
Date of issue: June 1st 1986
ISBN 13: 9780590339926
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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 Library’s Booklegger program, where volunteers visit school classrooms and do booktalks to promote titles they believe will be popular.
A few aspects of the writing will grab contemporary readers – the story begins rather quickly, describing how the gold must be moved under the eyes of the Nazis without them discovering what is happening. Instead of spending several chapters describing how Norway was invaded, it is described in just a few sentences, and by the third chapter the children have started their mission of sledding to the ship’s dock with gold hidden on the sleds. Another plus is the fact that the mission is led by two boys and two girls, making this a book that will appeal to both genders.
Recently several children’s librarians were discussing Margi Preus’s Shadow on the Mountain (Amulet, 2012), a new tween novel set in Norway during WWII. Also based on a true story, this involves a group of teens who spy on the Nazis who have taken over their village, and the teens also pass messages and help the adults working for the Norwegian anti-Nazi underground. Alan Bern of Berkeley Public Library mentioned that Shadow of the Mountain would appeal to those who read Snow Treasure, which is still popular at his library. I hadn’t read it, so I looked for it at my library and had to place Snow Treasure on hold since all the copies were checked out!
Although these two books are based on actual events, they describe different missions that took place in Norway. But both involved the bravery of young people who wanted to participate in saving their country from the Nazis. Both books make the reader feel the snow and cold, and tension that the characters had to feel when engaging in their missions. Both combine adventure with the seriousness of what was occurring without being dour. A great old movie on how Norway’s citizens used underground tactics to fight the Nazis is “Commandos Strike at Dawn” starring Paul Muni.
If you have tweens seeking out adventure books, or books set during World War II, Snow Treasure is a great book to recommend.
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