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Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
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Snow Treasure (original 1942; edition 2006)

by Marie McSwigan (Author)

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In 1940, when the Nazi invasion of Norway reaches their village in the far north, twelve-year-old Peter and his friends use their sleds to transport nine million dollars worth of gold bullion past the German soldiers to the secret harbor where Peter's uncle keeps his ship ready to take the gold for safekeeping in the United States.… (more)
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Title:Snow Treasure
Authors:Marie McSwigan (Author)
Info:Puffin Books (2006), Edition: Reprint, 196 pages
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Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan (1942)

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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
This story takes place during World War II in Norway. The Norway citizens are trying to figure out how to protect their gold from the Nazis. Their solution is to have children hide it on their sleds and bring it to safety. Will the children be able to get all of the gold out in time, or will they be stopped by the Nazis? ( )
  Aelling1 | Jan 19, 2020 |
It is 1940 when the Nazis invade Norway. Peter Lundstrom is only twelve, but he's about to become part of the grownup world. His father is a banker and is working with other leaders in the town to try and outwit the Nazis by smuggling the country’s gold bullion to a safe place. Luckily, Peter’s Uncle Victor is a sea captain who plans to sail the gold to America. The plan depends on Peter and the other children taking the gold from the top of the mountains to the fjord below. Sledding the gold away seems like it will be easy at first, but the German soldiers are not to be underestimated. Many trips will need to be made to get all of the bullion down to the boat. The fact that one of the soldiers speaks Norwegian makes everything even harder. There is plenty of snow, and the children do have many opportunities for sledding, but the soldiers are on their trail and each day their task becomes more challenging. When it looks like they will be caught, Peter must think fast and hope for the best. Will the children be able to get all the gold out of Norway? What will happen if Peter’s diversion doesn’t work? Is keeping the gold out of the hands of the Nazis worth the risk? You will be intrigued from the start and will keep turning the pages to see if everyone makes it out alive!


Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan is a wonderful book about brave kids who take on adult responsibilities during dangerous times. Peter and his friends are easy to relate to and seem like typical kids you would find anywhere. The book says that it is based on true events that are believed to have taken place in Norway during WWII. I am not sure how much of the story is true, but I was definitely on the edge of my seat hoping that the kids would get the job done! This is an excellent book to bring history to life for kids in fourth through eighth grade. Older readers will enjoy it as well! Be prepared to have history unfold for you as you read about the kids of Norway and their experience. I learned a lot about what life was like in Norway during the war and I definitely hope to visit one day. This book is a reminder about the hard life people had during WWII. A great addition to any home, school, or classroom library. ( )
  Robinsonstef | Jul 10, 2019 |
This story is a historical fiction adventure that shows how children helped their community in Norway during the Nazi invasion in 1940. This is a great book for a read aloud, Guided Reading, or independent reading for ages 3rd grade and above. Themes covered include adventure, loyalty, courage, friendship, patriotism,and sacrifice. ( )
  R180Lisa | Feb 4, 2019 |
My 11yr old son had read this and really enjoyed it. He gave it to me to read. This book holds up well and was very well written. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would; it was an interesting look at a part of WWII you don’t hear much about.

This book details supposed events that took place in Norway in the winter of 1940. Norway was trying to secretly transport its wealth to the USA for safekeeping, while Nazi guards were patrolling the area. The Norwegian resistance supposedly enlisted children to help with this. This book is based on speculated events, not actual recorded events.

The book is short, but the story is well written and engaging. I enjoyed it a lot and read it in maybe 30 min or so.

Overall this was a well done book set in the WWII era about children who helped with the war effort in Norway. I would recommend to children who are interested in history. While this isn’t a non-fiction book, it is based on speculated events that happened during that era. ( )
  krau0098 | Oct 22, 2018 |
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LaBlanc, AndréIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McDonough, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To a skilled craftsman and understanding friend Ruth Ayers Rounds and to her Harold and Emily
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"Beat you to the turn!" Peter Lundstrom shot his sled down the long steep slope.
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Do not combine with the film by Irving Jacoby.
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In 1940, when the Nazi invasion of Norway reaches their village in the far north, twelve-year-old Peter and his friends use their sleds to transport nine million dollars worth of gold bullion past the German soldiers to the secret harbor where Peter's uncle keeps his ship ready to take the gold for safekeeping in the United States.

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Peter Lundstrom never thought he would become a hero. But that bleak winter of 1940 was like no other. Nazi troops parachuted into Peter's tiny village and held it captive. Nobody thought they could be defeated-until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children of the village could fool the enemy. It was dangerous plan. Peter and his friends had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds. It meant risking their country's treasure-and their lives. (0-590-42537-4)
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