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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea

by Ruta Sepetys

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Ruta Sepetys has done it again with Salt to the Sea which exemplifies the best in historical fiction writing: captivating characters, bittersweet events, meticulous research, and the ability to tie these all together in a narrative prose that keeps the reader engaged at all stages of the story! This little known WWII tragedy is retold with compassion and clarity. One is reminded of the many victims of war, especially children, when reading Salt to the Sea. Thank you Ruta, for giving voice to the voiceless victims of war. ( )
  Lisa_Francine | Jun 15, 2019 |
A wonderfully written book based on a true story of a sunken ship in the Baltic Sea during World War II. The characters are well developed and the book flows smoothly told from the perspective of four different characters. The author gives a realistic view of the war without dwelling too much on the horrific details and the reader is given a sense of hope as a romance blossoms. ( )
  niquetteb | May 17, 2019 |
Wonderful book. Based on history of the sinking of a german ship carrying evacuees. Very quick read and well written. Never heard of this event in history. Will stay with me for a very long time. ( )
  MichelleGO | Apr 30, 2019 |
Four teens are headed to the coast with thousands of other refugees, fleeing the Soviets during the winter of 1945, hoping to get passage on the Wilhelm Gustloff and get to safety. All four travel with secrets that could destroy them all.

I've never heard the story of the Wilhelm Gustloff. This account, with stories of savagery of the Soviets, saving treasures from the Nazis, frightened children, a brave nurse, a kind shoemaker, a blind girl, and many others, will stick with you long after you have finished the book. ( )
  debnance | Apr 6, 2019 |
Beautifully written, this book touched on a part of history I did not know about. I fell in love with Sepetys' characters right away and held my breath many times as they moved through the story. Endearing and heartbreaking, I highly recommend this book. ( )
  SusanGeiss | Mar 24, 2019 |
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Four out of five stars. I enjoyed most of this book. However some parts seemed unnecessary and a little slow but over all it was a nice quick read that kept me interested. I wish that there was more to the ending, it was a bit difficult to understand and I re-read it twice just to make sure I got the message on who Florian was reading the letter from. I thought it was a great YA read with nice use of language and context. Alfred was annoying, and after reading a few of his chapters it was refreshing to know that even the other soldiers thought so too. Sepetys really did a great job developing the characters, making you love some of them, feel sorry for some, feel sad for some and be annoyed with some.

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Crouch, MichaelNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Damron, WillNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399160302, Hardcover)

The author of Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war's most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

Told in alternating points of view, and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, Erik Larson's critically acclaimed #1 New York Times bestseller Dead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein's Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff--the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.


New York Times Notable Book of 2011
Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of 2011
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011
The iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel
School Library Journal Best Book of 2011
Booklist Best Book of 2011
Kirkus Best Book of 2011
2012 Indies Choice Young Adult Book of the Year
A Carnegie Medal Finalist
A William C. Morris Finalist
New York Times Bestseller
An International Bestseller
“Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.”--The Washington Post

* “A harrowing page-turner.”--Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “A gripping story.”--School Library Journal, starred review

* “Bitterly sad, fluidly written…Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers.”--Kirkus, starred review
* "Beautifully written and deeply felt…an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.”--Booklist, starred review

“Stalin deported and murdered millions, but he could not destroy the seeds of memory, compassion, and art that they left behind. From those seeds, Ruta Septeys has crafted a brilliant story of love and survival that will keep their memory alive for generations to come.” --Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Wintergirls

“In terrifying detail, Ruta Sepetys re-creates World War II coming of age all too timely today. Between Shades of Gray is a document long overdue.” --Richard Peck, Newbery Award–winning author of A Year Down Yonder

Between Shades of Gray is a story of astonishing force. I feel grateful for a writer like Ruta Sepetys who bravely tells the hard story of what happens to the innocent when world leaders and their minions choose hate and oppression. Beautiful and unforgettable.” --Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor–winning author of Hitler Youth 

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"As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull"--

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