On the Edge of the Fjord

by Alta Halverson Seymour

A thrilling page turner

5.0 rating
April 29, 2021

I loved how this book had suspense and adventure, but still being high on family relationships and descriptive writing. I think it’d be a great read for younger children, so they can learn about WW2 without getting into too much horror. I enjoyed this read and definitely recommend it.

Ruth Burt

Great Read!

5.0 rating
December 16, 2020

With daring courage, suspense, twists, and surprise, this book is a great read! This story would appeal to a younger audience too if read aloud.

Ann M.

So good!

5.0 rating
August 10, 2020

This is a fantastic book–so suspenseful, I couldn’t put it down! I really loved learning about Norway and I spent some time online after reading this researching fjords and the events of WWII in Norway. This book would make a wonderful companion to a WWII study or to a study about Norway. My 12 yo son loves learning about WWII and he’s also enjoying the book!

Danielle B

Courageous story

5.0 rating
August 7, 2020

I was impressed with the bravery of the characters in this story. I love this line, “Whatever we have to do, we can do.” My daughter loves books about WWII and we can add this one to her list.

Mackenzie S

Captivating WWII Historical Fiction

5.0 rating
July 27, 2020

This is a new favorite! We read this book as a read-aloud after learning about WWII. It gives a great perspective on the war, without including the really heavy and difficult realities of the Holocaust. It features a family who uses their wits, courage, and love of freedom to work together to aid their country and disrupt the Nazis. I love that the 14 year old daughter is one of the greatest heros of the story.

Lezlie-Anne I
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Level 8

Valcos is a peaceful little Norwegian fishing village—that is, until the Nazis quarter themselves in the local families’ homes. The Nazis hope to secure Captain Engeland’s help and the village’s valuable ships, so something must be done to stop them. Fourteen-year-old Petra Engeland, her brother, and others in the village unite to oppose the enemy through daring rescues, ingenious plans, and life-or-death missions. Filled with suspenseful action and beautiful description, On the Edge of the Fjord tenderly illustrates devotion to family and country, comradery between young and old, and courage in the face of adversity.

196 pages

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