A stunning adventure involving Nazis, nukes, fighting, failure, and everyday heroes, from the author of the award-winning The Nazi Hunters.
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.
Reviews and Awards
"This is an exciting and impeccably researched story of science, spies, and commando raids -- page-turning nonfiction at its best." - Steve Sheinkin, Newbery Honor-winning author of Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
⋆ "Bascomb is a master of taking complicated histories and turning them into exciting works of nonfiction... This excellent treatise on a little-known episode of World War II is a first choice." - School Library Journal, starred review
"Bascomb’s detailed narrative builds tension through each attempt, narrow escape, and comeback…vivid descriptions of the principal participants and their motivations, rigors of Norway’s climate and terrain, and the risks calculated (and those unforeseen), producing a gripping account of individual and collective heroic effort." - Publishers Weekly
"The book is enhanced by impressive supplemental material, including a helpful list of participants, photographs, maps, and an intriguing author's note. A rich, well-paced narrative." - Kirkus Reviews
"Bascomb admirably balances dramatic tension and context throughout... Sabotage will find its place in a growing body of narrative nonfiction centering on military and political history." - Horn Book
"Bascomb's clear-eyed account, helped along by photos, maps, and diagrams, of the thrilling mission and its many challenges... will handily engage teens." - Booklist
Young Adult Nonfiction
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 320
Foreign Rights: William Morris Endeavor
Translation Rights: William Morris Endeavor
Rights Available? yes