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4.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 5 4.07 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marie McSwigan Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781464045691
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For twelve-year-old Peter Lundstrom, the Norwegian winter of 1940 begins like any other. When he isn’t in school, he spends the cold days outside, going sledding in the deep snow of his mountain village. But all around him, the adults are talking about the war that is raging through much of Europe. One day Uncle Victor warns that German soldiers will invade soon. He believes they will try to steal the bank’s gold bullion. But he has a daring plan to protect the treasure. The only trouble is—it relies on Peter and his friends. Will the village children be able to fool the suspicious Nazis?

Marie McSwigan’s exciting Snow Treasure is based on the tale a Norwegian ship captain told as he unloaded a cargo of gold in Baltimore. Though the children and the village were never identified, the story is thought to be true by many. Narrator John McDonough’s stirring performance captures the tension and adventure as Peter and his friends risk their lives to help their country.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Snow Treasure] is well written and gives young children a perspective that most history books miss when covering World War II...This excellent novel is a ‘must read’ for children interested in the war and the role that young people played during that time period.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “There are some books that you purchase to read over and over because the story is so well told...Snow Treasure...is such a book.”

    Examiner.com

  • “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.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelinda | 2/13/2014

    " Written in the 1940's and based loosely on a true story of a small village outwitting the Nazi's. Good book for kids to introduce them to World War II without much of the ghastliness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Gibbs | 2/8/2014

    " Based on a possible true story (or at least stories that have survived) a group of children outwit the military and help their country bring gold to America for safe-keeping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/4/2014

    " Based on a true story, this exciting adventure finds children helping Norway preserve their gold after the Nazi invasion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yeoun Jun Yoo | 2/2/2014

    " This book is sort of like a adventure and the book is not that long but its ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mickey | 1/30/2014

    " The morals were a little on the heavy-handed side, and I can't help but find it ironic that one of the recurring commands of the the adults to the kids is, "Obey without questioning." Boys might enjoy this adventure. For GRC 2009. (Child lit; 150+ pages) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Fackrell | 1/29/2014

    " I thought this book was great. it is based off of real historic events. I really wanted it to be true because of the great task these kids accomplished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 1/20/2014

    " I remember this book from grade school. It kept me spellbound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Henning | 1/18/2014

    " This was an excellent read aloud for WWII. We really enjoyed this one! Set in Norway, the excitement builds throughout to a very delightful ending! The children were pining for snow and sledding after finishing this one. Should be at most libraries! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 12/31/2013

    " What a good story. This is one all should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/25/2013

    " Another junior high school book. This was a cool book, because it was pure adventure. How could you not love a book where teenagers outsmart the Nazis by smuggling gold on their sleds? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 12/21/2013

    " I used this as a read aloud several years in elementary school. It is a neat story of WWII and some children who help to save their town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carra | 12/12/2013

    " Oh wonderful memories come with this book... exactly the same cover on our old copy too. I praise the Lord for the gift of this read as children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rsoeffker | 12/12/2013

    " A great story for any youngster you want to introduce to history. As a kid, I remember this book being a key piece into my curiosity for the world outside the United States. When your kids get old enough, introduce them to this book about invasion, tyranny, adversity, culture, and heroism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 z.diddy | 12/7/2013

    " This was one of the best books I ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clay Kindred | 11/25/2013

    " Riveting historical suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/16/2013

    " Junior Fiction. This book is based on true events that happened in Noraway during WWII. The children in the story help save their country's gold from the invading German. This was a great book. Perfect for a read-aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexander | 11/13/2013

    " This was good to read to the children. It didn't bowl them over, but it held their interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 10/17/2013

    " Read this to my son as part of his history curriculum. Still a fun read from my childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 7/28/2013

    " A very quick and easy read that tells the story of how a handful of brave Norwegian children saved a large fortune of Norway's gold bullion. Not sure of the history behind it and how true it all is as there were no notes of any kind, but it made for a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran V | 7/2/2013

    " One of the three formative books of my fourth grade year, along with North to Freedom and Berries Goodman. This one I made sure my children read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/2/2013

    " Sledding gold right under those Nazi soldiers' noses. A favorite book from my youth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 4/16/2013

    " 2.5. Interesting story, but not as well written as some other children's novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tommy Shani | 2/20/2013

    " I didnt enjoy or understand this book.... didnt like it AT ALL "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 1/20/2013

    " So cool!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christene | 12/24/2012

    " Wonderful story based on a true story of WWII. I read this to my children and they loved it also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 12/10/2012

    " What an amazing story....& I love that it was the children who did it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 7/8/2012

    " 3.5 stars. The story itself is incredible and truly inspiring. The courage and dedication to their country is moving. The book was not bad, but not epic or anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Rose | 7/2/2012

    " We read this book in fourth grade as a class. Most of my class thought it was boring, however I enjoy reading about this time period. I thought it was an interesting book. "

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About the Author

Marie McSwigan (1896–1962) wrote for Pittsburgh newspapers and worked in publicity for many area institutions. Besides ten children’s books, she wrote two adult biographies, Shy Hooks and Athlete of Christ, as well as several other works of nonfiction.

About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.