On the Edge of the Fjord
- Category: Ages 8-12, Ages 13+, Living History, New!, Worldwide Books
No one dreamed the Nazis would ever bother Valcos, a sleepy little Norwegian fishing village on the edge of the deep fjord. Even so, the happy, carefree life in Valcos changed abruptly the day Nazis entered town, when enemy officers took up residence in the Engeland home with intentions of securing Captain Engeland's influential help.
Petra Engeland, only fourteen, had good reason to channel her resourcefulness into a life or death struggle with the invaders. With help from her impulsive older brother, Martin, and countless other brave Norwegians, she carried out daringly clever schemes under the very noses of the enemy.
Against a backdrop of mountains, caves and fjords, Petra and Martin's adventures are even more compelling knowing their story was written in 1944, before the end of World War II.
“Girl, you’ve always said you didn’t care much for history,” he said, “but you surely helped to make it that time.” —Martin commenting on Petra's bravery
“It is not easy, I know that well,” he said, “but these are not easy times, Martin. Each must serve where he can do it best." —Ole Haug
“I don’t think Norwegian spirit is easy to break, Ole,” said Petra, quietly.