Margi Preus is the renowned author of numerous books for children and young adults. She will be reading from Shadow on the Mountain, her latest historical thriller set in Nazi-occupied Norway, on Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm at Dragonfly Books. Preus will have on hand the necessary tools for being a spy: invisible ink, disappearing ink, edible spy paper, and other fun spy stuff! Margi's first novel, "Heart of a Samurai," received many awards, including being named a 2011 Newbery Honor Book. This free event is for all ages.
Shadow on the Mountain recently published by Amulet, recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen during World War II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his friends are swept up in the Norwegian resistance movement. Espen gets his start by delivering illegal newspapers, then graduates to the role of courier and finally becomes a spy, dodging the Gestapo along the way. During five years under the Nazi regime, he gains—and loses—friends, falls in love, and makes one small mistake that threatens to catch up with him as he sets out to escape on skis over the mountains to Sweden.
Preus incorporates archival photographs, maps, and other images to tell this story based on the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten, whom Preus interviewed in Norway.
Margi Preus is a children’s book author and playwright. Preus resides in Duluth, MN. Her first novel for young people, Heart of a Samurai, is a 2011 Newbery Honor Book, an ALSC Notable Book and a recipient of the Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature, among other honors. Her picture books include Celebritrees; Historic and Famous Trees of the World and The Peace Bell.
Preus served as the artistic director of Colder by the Lake Comedy Theatre for 25 years and with current Colder director and playwriting collaborator, Jean Sramek, has written hundreds of comedy sketches, a couple of comic operas, and dozens of plays for young people and grown ups.
When Preus isn’t writing, she teaches an occasional course at the College of St. Scholastica or the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She likes to ski, hike, paddle or sit quietly with a book in her lap.
Date and times of event November 1, 2012 at 7 pm.