Neal Bascomb delivers another nail-biting work of nonfiction for young adults in this incredible true story of spies and survival.
The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping into harbor, and soon the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They station soldiers throughout the country. They institute martial rule. And at Vemork, an industrial fortress high above a dizzying gorge, they gain access to an essential ingredient for the weapon that could end World War II: Hitler's very own nuclear bomb.
When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed. But after a British operation fails to stop the Nazis' deadly designs, the task falls to a band of young Norwegian commandos. Armed with little more than skis, explosives, and great courage, they will survive months in the snowy wilderness, elude a huge manhunt, and execute two dangerous missions. The result? The greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II.
Neal Bascomb is the author of The Nazi Hunters
, winner of the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award, among numerous other awards. School Library Journal
called his second young adult book, Sabotage
, "excellent" in a starred review and The Grand Escape
a "fantastic pick for avid history readers" also in a starred review. In addition, he is the author of six nonfiction books for adults on subjects ranging from a 1905 Russian submarine mutiny to a contemporary high school robotics team. The Perfect Mile
, Winter Fortress
, and Hunting Eichmann
went on to be New York Times
and international bestsellers. Neal lives in Philadelphia with his family and rascal dog, Moses. Please visit his website at nealbascomb.com and follow him on Facebook @nealrbascomb.
- ! 'At 8 p.m., white camouflage suits covering their British Army uniforms, the nine
men skied away from the Fjøsbudalen cabin in silence. They were armed with five
Tommy guns as well as pistols, knives, and hand grenades. In their rucksacks, they
carried the explosives for the attack and everything they needed for their retreat
into the Vidda: sleeping bags, rations, maps, and other survival gear.
of them believed that they would have the chance to escape, and there were poison
pills hidden in their uniforms, to be taken in the event of their capture. They
understood only too well what became of those who were brought into interrogation
by the Gestapo.
Claus Helberg led the way. Hidden by low cloud, the moon
shone dimly, and he had to navigate mostly by memory and a natural feel for the
terrain. He kept a steady pace, sweeping around boulders and twisting through the
scattering of trees in a way only one born to these hills could. The others followed
closely behind, the cut of their skis barely a whisper through the snow.
man knew what to do once they arrived at the target. Their leader had made it clear
that no matter what unfolded, no matter whether he or anyone else on the team was
killed or wounded, those able were to "act on their own initiative to carry out
the operation." Destroying the heavy-water plant was paramount.'