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Grade 3-6-Marie McSwigan's book is based on the story a Norwegian ship captain told as he unloaded a cargo of gold in wartime.
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Grade 3-6-Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan (Scholastic, pap. 1986) is an exciting, suspenseful tale of Norwegian children and their contributions to protecting their town's gold during the German occupation in 1940. Convinced that the Germans will try to steal their town's considerable wealth of gold bouillon from the banks, the townsmen decide that it must be removed. Since a group of adults can't remove the gold without the Germans finding out, the townsmen develop a daring plan involving the children. In teams, the children will carry the bouillon on their sleds down to the river where one of the townsmen will load them onto his ship to take to the United States. Various problems arise as the children begin to carry out this plan, but they are resolved. Narrator John McDonough's use of drama and suspense keeps the story moving along. This audiobook would be an excellent supplement to history lessons on World War II. It lends itself well to group or individual listening. Teacher guidance would be helpful in supplying background history.
Sarah Smith, Harrison Community Library, MI
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 690 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (October 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142402249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142402245
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
So I'm at a fancy Manhattan party hosted by Columbia University. It's at a swank bar and I'm surrounded by Columbia graduate film students who are mooching like it's nobody's business. Bear with me, this actually has to do with the book, "Snow Treasure". I'm just a humble children's librarian who happens to be married to one of these students so I'm biding my time and drinking my free drink when I am introduced to yet another filmmaker. Usually when I tell such people what my job is they are inclined to nod politely and then scan the room frantically for someone more interesting. Not this gal. On hearing about my job she practically grabs me by my lapels (I say "practically" since I am not in the habit of wearing lapels) and asks excitedly, "Have you read Snow Treasure?!?". I try to pry her fingers from my clothing while admitting that as well-read as I like to boast that I am, I actually don't know this book. She then launches into an emphatic explanation of how much she enjoyed this story when she was a child and how she would like to film it herself someday. And since she goes to school with my husband, it seems only polite that I should read this supposedly marvelous little work. I do, enjoy the book thoroughly, and here we are today. Whether you like it or hate it, it's hard not to admit that "Snow Treasure" is one of those books that stays with you for years and years at a time.

Peter is just your average Norwegian kid. He enjoys sledding in the snow, the occasional snowball fight, and hanging out with his friends and neighbors. Then the Nazis come. It's 1940 and Norway has been invaded by a particularly nasty enemy. This wouldn't be such a problem if Norway were a poor nation. Unfortunately they have gold bullion in their banks worth roughly $9,000,000.
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I first read this book in 1968. I was completely absorbed by the story. As a nine year old boy, reading books was not my first priority, but the adventure of the story grabbed my attention and I had to be dragged kicking and screaming away from the book for dinner and bedtime. In later years I reread SNOW TREASURE and found it to be extremely well written, with solid character development. The nicest surprise for parents is that this is a true story from the years leading up to WW-II. I strongly recommend this one for your kids, even those who don't like to read.
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I grew up next door to Marie McSwigan in Pittsburgh, PA. She made the world come alive as she read to me and several neighbor friends. Much later we learned that we were hearing the first writing of her new book. She asked how we liked it and why. I think she used someof our comments. I have all of her books and read them now to my grandchildren. Many of the episodes are from incidents that happened in our neighborhood. It is truly wonderful to see Snow Treasure still in print. If you ever find other books by Marie McSwigan, I encourage to to buy them and read them.
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I've read the reviews out here. What many people aren't aware of is that this is a true story. We recently learned that my great uncle was one of the people involved in moving the gold out of Norway. I'm not sure if Peter's snowballing a German officer is true or not (my uncle wasn't sure), but moving the gold via sled definitely was. After the gold was on board the ship, it was another perilous journey to bring the gold to America, one that he won't tell even us the full story of. Some of the things he knows he has to take to the grave with him for the security and future of Norway, much as we would love to hear them.
As you read the book, keep in mind what he and many others of the Norwegian Underground sacrificed to keep not only Norway's economy safe from the Nazis, but their way of life.
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I read this book when I was 10 - I'm now 41. I've been looking for 31 years to find this book again and I'm ordering one dozen copies as soon as I'm done writing this review.
This story has stayed with me since the day I read it. The courage and commitment of the children to help their country. The risks they took to move the gold under the very noses of Nazi officers. Boys and girls alike did their part to protect Norway's gold and their own futures.
I can't wait to wrap up these Christmas presents for every child I know. This was one of the best books I've ever read and I can't wait to read it again.
31 years - I don't think that's too long a time for success.
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A Kid's Review on March 18, 2004
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When I saw this book, I thought that it would be just a normal book with non_exciting parts and exciting parts. I read the first chapter and didn't put it down for the rest of the evening. I wouldn't have put it down if my dad almost yelled at me to PUT IT AWAY.
This book is about a boy and his friends who have their life in their hands. They have to hide a bunch of money and keep it secret from the Nazis. I would recomend tthis book to anyone who loves action and to learn a little bit about the Nazis.
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A Kid's Review on April 18, 2006
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I think that Snow Treasure is an incredible story because Peter Lundstrom and his friend Michael Berg have to slip past Nazi Guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds (with them on top of the gold). The Nazi troops parachuted to Peter's mini-village and kept the village captive. Nobody thought that the boys could beat the Nazi's until Peter's Uncle Victor came up with a plan on how to fool the enemy. I think that was a dangerous plan. I didn't think that I would ever do what they did! That's incredible!

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