Snow Treasure

by Marie McSwigan
208 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Nienna

Good, historical and fun read.


Uncle Oleson has come back but he won't talk to the children. The teachers say that there is no danger of an attack but then conduct air raid drills. Father says his job is secure, but can't erase the worried lines in his brow. When the Nazis stealthily take over Norway, it is up to the children of Riswyk, Norway, to smuggle twenty-four thousand pounds of gold out of the country right under the Nazis' noses.


Good. Courage and loyalty are exemplified. The characters try to deceive the Nazis, but for legitimate reasons.

Spiritual Content

A boy says, "Thank the merciful heavens..."


The characters' lives will be in danger if their doings are discovered. A main character gets arrested by the Nazis and is in danger of being executed. A character talks briefly about the Nazis' brutality in Poland.

Drug and Alcohol Content

A few adults smoke pipes. There is a mention of a "fiery drink" used to revive someone who is overcome with cold.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content

The children swear an oath not to speak to the Nazis. The word "gee" is used.


A very enjoyable read with lots of excitement but little violence, making it suitable for even the youngest readers, "Snow Treasure" is for the whole family. As it is a true story, the history is good and the heroes of the story set a high example for readers. The illustrations add to the story and are reminiscent of Pauline Bayne's illustrations of the Chronicles of Narnia.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 8-10

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