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The Klipfish Code Hardcover – September 3, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618883932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618883936
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,783,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[T]his suspenseful historical tale is...noteworthy for drawing attention to a region...not commonly featured in...fiction about World War II." Booklist 10/15/07 Booklist, ALA

"Casanova spins an adventure-filled and harrowing story...another novel of heroism and perseverance." SLJ 10/2007 School Library Journal

About the Author

Mary Casanova is the author of nine middle-grade novels and three picture books.She lives with her family in Ranier, Minnesota.

More About the Author

Mary Casanova is the author of 30 books for young readers, ranging from picture books, titles for American Girl, and novels. Once a reluctant reader, Mary is passionate about writing "stories that matter and books that kids can't put down." Her books frequently land on state reading lists and have earned many awards, including the ALA "Notable," Aesop Accolades by the American Folklore Society, Parent's Choice "Gold" Award, Booklist Editor's Choice, and two Minnesota Book Awards. When she's not on the road for research or speaking, she loves exploring the outdoors in northern Minnesota with her husband, Charlie, and their two horses, and three dogs. Visit her website at www.marycasanova.com.

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Even with sad parts the end makes this book best.
Devoted Reader
We will pass this book on to our grandchildren to read as an excellent way to learn about heroism during a most trying time period.
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This is an excellent book for kids in fourth through eighth grade.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill A. Johnson on October 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed all of Mary Casanova's books but The Klipfish Code is my favorite, and not only because my grandparents are from Norway! The author tells the story of the German Nazi occupation of Norway from 1940-1945 through the voice of Marit, a young girl forced to leave her parents to move to a remote fjord with her brother. Through Marit's eyes, we see all the "unexpected casualties of war"--a dying seal pup, children shunned because their parents sided with the Nazis, teachers shipped to concentration camps because of their refusal to teach Nazi propoganda, and the hardship of families separated for years while waiting for the war to end. I recommend this book for classroom discussion, for book clubs, and as a community selection read for the excellent historical content and timeless themes of human dignity and endurance under impossible conditions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Jones on September 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Klipfish Code by Minnesota author Mary Casanova is a riveting book set in 1942 as the Nazis invade Norway. It is the story of courage, survival, determination against all odds, when a young girl, Marit, needs all her strength to do what is right, and risking not only her life, but her brother's, grandfather's and aunt's, in trying to save one human life from the clutches of the Germans. War is so commonplace these days as we look around the globe, that perhaps we are becoming immune to the horrors that war can produce. and look the other way.
The Klipfish Code brings us back to earth in showing young adults that freedom is worth fighting for; that believing in our values and helping others escape from evil is worth every effort, and that right will prevail in the long run.
Accounts from the Holocaust are still surfacing today, and the more we know, the more we understand, the easier to not allow these types of atrocities to happen again.
Thanks Mary for bringing to light the Norwegian side of this horrific time in our history.
A must read for young adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Ahlberg on October 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book. It is hard to comprehend events such as these: invasion of Norway; occupation by the Nazis for 5 years; control of church and school by the Nazis; Resistance soldiers; when the United States has been so blessed. That families were separated for long periods of time is something I cannot understand. I asked myself many times as I was reading, would I be able to do what Marit did at age 12? Would I be able to send my children away, not knowing the time frame we would be separated, in order to keep them safe? Would I risk being arrested or possibly murdered to hold to my beliefs?
Klipfish Code is a very thought provoking novel. I highly recommend it and am anxious to suggest it to my Middle School students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Devoted Reader on February 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Klipfish Code is my daughter's favorite book. Here are some things she felt about it: I feel that if you read this book you can have a great time enjoying this or just catching up on your history. You will either be creeping through the woods sailing on a boat or living in a small town. I really got into this book and thought that I could just live in it. Even with sad parts the end makes this book best. Happy ending and wounded soldiers and lost aunts. Mary Casanova, Marit, and Lars make this a great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth Haugeto on October 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author includes actual incidents in her fictional tale of Norway during the Nazi occupation. My brother-in-law has been researching this time period and the Norwegian teachers involvement in the resistance - and author Mary Casanova has created an accurate portrayal of that time. We will pass this book on to our grandchildren to read as an excellent way to learn about heroism during a most trying time period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Klipfish Code was great! I could hardly put it down once I started! This book revolves around two kids, Marit and Lars, and the war between the Norwegians and the Nazi. The kids are separated from their parents and are sent to live with their Aunt and Grandpa.
I thought it was neat because I recognized a few Norwegian words like lutefisk, lefse, and velkommen. I think my favorite part was when Marit was telling Lars that the wounded soldier was really a Viking hurt by the kraken, aka the porpoises. Funny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kris morgan on April 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mary Casanova's book 'The Klipfish Code' is a very good, well researched novel of Norway's occupation. The Nazi's hoped to befriend the Norwegians and were not pleased to be met with resistance. Many symbols, such as red hats and paperclips identified the united Norwegian spirit. This book was an interesting novel based on true events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lewis on May 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I received this book yesterday in the mail, and I finished it late last night. It was the best book I have read in quite some time, and I am constantly reading books! I am a teacher and Norwegian, so it was perfect for me. I learned so many new facts about the war I didn't previously know. I am going to read this to my fourth graders!
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