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Snow Treasure Paperback – January 1, 1995
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Young Peter Lundstrom and his friends are not especially worried about the war coming to Norway - until Peter's uncle comes home early from fishing and begins to organize construction of air-raid shelters. More importantly to Peter, his father, a bank employee, wants Peter and his friends to help the adults with a thrilling adventure: the Norwegians must keep the country's treasury out of the hands of the Nazis! Peter and his school friends must follow to the letter the instructions given by the men, and keep their courage up in the face of the dreaded Nazi invasion. Only schoolchildren can pass under the radar of the Germans unobserved. So the children go out to sled every day - with a final total of 9 million dollars on their sleds!
But there are difficulties.
Nosy German soldiers.
Thawing April weather.
The fear of Uncle Victor being discovered and arrested, wherever he is hiding, before all of the gold can be loaded onto his boat.
The fear of one or all of the children being taken prisoner themselves.
And the children themselves - can they keep it up, under the strain of time, weight and worry?
The book is not a perfect literary gem, but the writing is compelling and amusing; and while easy for the younger ones to understand, still makes a great read for an adult interested in World War II.
Based on a true account told by a Norwegian captain who brought 9 millions dollars in gold bullion to an American port. Since the book was actually written during the war, some facts naturally had to be altered for the safety of those involved.
I like this version with the purple border around the front cover and the gold-lettered title because it is the version my teacher read to me and carries great memories. I also think it captures the feel of the story better than other editions, but that's just my opinion.
I'm glad I found this hardcover copy of a book I enjoyed as a kid. I hope to share it with my kids someday.
It's well done, and still interesting late in life, as it was at the beginning.