Stories about the Nazis and World War II continue to interest many readers who find it almost impossible to comprehend that anyone could have been as evil as those who followed the Third Reich. The Klipfish Code focuses on the Nazi invasion of Norway, desired for it’s seaports and coastline, and the effects on one family as they suffer under five years of German occupation–and do their best to fight back. The protagonist is a young girl named Marit who is sent to an island along with her younger brother to live with her grandfather and teacher aunt when the Nazis bomb her parent’s town. Marit, who has a difficult relationship with her Grandfather, misses her parents terribly, and suspects that the reason they sent the children away was to work with the Resistance. Soon we realize that she is right and that life for this family will never be the same.
The Klipfish Code is based on a true tales of the Resistance efforts of brave Norwegians. It brings home just how difficult and frightening life could be in an occupied country, where despite not being Jewish, average citizens were considered enemy/slaves of the Germans. Norwegian words are used throughout the story, with the definitions either embedded in the sentence, or defined in a dictionary at the end of the novel.
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