The Klipfish Code

I am convinced that no matter how many books are published about the Nazi occupation of Norway, none will be as good as my favorite, Snow Treasure.

But many will come close – and The Klipfish Code by Mary Casanova does.

At first, I didn’t particularly like 12-year-old Marit, the novel’s protagonist. At the beginning of the book, she’s whiny and resentful, which I suppose she’s allowed, since she’s separated from her parents after the Nazi invasion.

The good news is that Marit matures over the course of the book – discovering resilience within herself to withstand some difficult circumstances and help others who hurt more than she does.

Parents of sensitive children: remember this book is set during a war, which creates very unpleasant circumstances. While stated, the author handles these circumstances well.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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