Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Voice actor Culp renders a serviceable reading of Bascomb's enthralling WWII story. The story revolves around the collaboration of a group of ragtag Norwegian resistance fighters and British soldiers who set out, against all odds, to destroy a hydroelectric plant located in a remote section of Norway and thereby to stop Hitler's nuclear research in its infancy. Culp does a fine job relaying this edge-of-your-seat story. He has a clear, articulate, no-frills reading style that moves the story along at a steady pace. It is a perfectly competent reading, but misses an opportunity to add thrill and excitement to the narration. Ages 12-up. A Scholastic/Levine hardcover. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
An isolated factory in Nazi-occupied Norway is an important link in a plan to deliver a nuclear weapon for Hitler until Norwegian resistance fighters embark on a dangerous mission to stop it.The reach of Nazi Germany into Norway did not mean just another country for Hitler's domination; it also provided access to the "heavy water" that would allow the Third Reich to develop an atomic bomb. The stories of the Norwegian men who joined forces with the British to cripple the efforts at Vemork, an isolated but essential industrial fortress, are at the center of this story. Their dramatic first failure and the subsequent successful mission make for a harrowing tale. The impact of weather, near starvation, and communication difficulties contribute to page-turning tension. The fact that the first success slowed but did not stop Nazi efforts, requiring yet another mission, delivers even more for the unfolding narrative. In this young-readers adaptation of The Winter Fortress (2016), Bascomb successfully describes the story's technical details: the process of making heavy water and its importance in creating a nuclear weapon, the strategies to disrupt the process, and the weather and topography, which played such crucial roles in the mission's execution and the saboteurs' escapes. 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. (bibliography, source note, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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