Title: Snow Treasure
Author: Marie McSwigan
Summary from Goodreads:
In the bleak winter of 1940, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lindstrom’s tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated–until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy. It was a dangerous plan. They 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. This classic story of how a group of children outwitted the Nazis and sent the treasure to America has captivated generations of readers
The first time I read this book, I was in middle school. I spent most of middle school and high school obsessed with World War II and the Holocaust. I could make an analogy to almost anything and Hitler or some aspect of the second world war. I even took a class on concentration camps in the ninth grade until a move made me drop it.
That said, I have read my fair share of books surrounding World War II, and this book is one of the best. It is based on true events that took place in Norway. A lot of times when one thinks of World War II, Norway never even crosses our mind. They weren’t made an example of by the Nazis like Poland was, and they had a very small to non-existent Jewish population. However, at the beginning of the Nazi occupation, young children were responisble for smuggling out 9 million dollars in gold out of the country under the very eyes of the Nazis.
The children would load bars of gold onto their sleds and sleigh right past the Nazis to a secret location. Once there, they would bury the gold in the snow and build snowmen on top of it, so that the adult in charge could find it easily and store it on the boat that was responible for taking the gold out of the country and into America.
This book was well written for the target audience, and very informative about an event that very few people know about that took place in World War Two. It is not gruesome or graphic and entirely appropriate for children and teens to read.
If you have not read this book, I highly recommend that you do. It is short and can be read quickly. Just look it up and check it out from your local library!!!