On the Edge of the Fjord

by Alta Halverson Seymour
Rated 4.9 out of 5

Courageous story

Rated 5 out of 5
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

Rated 5 out of 5
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


Rated 5 out of 5
July 4, 2020

This book is a great read about Norway and its fjords. It has beauty, nature, adventure, mystery, hard work, and positive messages. It would be a great reading alongside a study of Norway as a country and during war time. My 12-year-old read it through twice and enjoyed every moment of reading it. It is a whole package of literature.

Linda L

Norway's fjords were a hit for me

Rated 5 out of 5
May 31, 2020

I really loved this book for many reasons. It had great characters. It had wonderful messages about patriotism, nature, family, and home. The story line was very suspenseful and it was hard to put it down. I gained such an interest in Norway, its people and lifestyle, the landscape, and especially the fjords. I highly recommend learning about Norway’s fjords before or while reading this. They are breathtaking and you can get a better sense of the spirit of adventure of the characters in the book as they hiked among these fjords and caves.

Melissa S

Exciting story

Rated 5 out of 5
May 27, 2020

This story makes you want to keep reading. It gives you a sense what it was like during the war. Love this book!

Ann McElhoes
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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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