Margi Preus

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Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award-winning West of the Moon, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award book The Clue in the Trees, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series. Her books have won multiple awards, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, selected as an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, chosen for community reads, and translated into several languages. New titles in 2020 include Village of Scoundrels, The Littlest Voyageur, and The Silver Box, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series.


Back when such things were done, Margi enjoyed traveling, speaking, and visiting schools all over the world. Now mostly at home in Duluth, she likes to ski, hike, canoe, or sit quietly with a book in her lap.

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Village of Scoundrels

Based on the true story of a WWII French village that sheltered and smuggled to safety thousands of Jewish children and teens rescued from French concentration camps, VILLAGE OF SCOUNDRELS concerns the real teenagers who contributed to the effort. New in 2020!

The Littlest Voyageur

A red squirrel (Jean Pierre Petit Le Rouge), longing for adventure, stows away in a voyageur canoe. Hilarity (and history) ensue. New in 2020!

Heart of a Samurai

This Newbery Honor book is based on the true story of Manjiro, the first Japanese person to come to America during Japan’s Isolationist period.

West of the Moon

This Minnesota Book Award winner was inspired by Scandinavian folklore and Preus’s great-great-grandmother’s diary, West of the Moon tells the story of Astri who, armed only with a book of spells and curses, a troll’s treasure, and a possibly magic hairbrush, must escape her cruel master, kidnap her little sister, and get them both safely over the Norwegian mountains to get to the ship before it sails for America. ALA/ALSC Notable.

Shadow on the Mountain

Based on the true story of a young teen who got involved in the Norwegian Resistance during WWII and who worked as a courier and a spy, and eventually had to escape to Sweden over the mountains on skis, a journey of five long nights of skiing. A Notable Book for a Global Society.

The Silver Box

In the third and last installment of the Minnesota-centric Enchantment Lake mystery series, Francie comes into possession of a silver box. Can the mysterious box finally lead her to her mother? New in 2020!

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