Salt to the Sea
A NovelBook - 2016
For readers of Between Shades of Gray and All the Light We Cannot See , bestselling author Ruta Sepetys returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war's most devastating--yet unknown--tragedies.
World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many 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 to 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 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.
Praise for Salt to the Sea :
Featured on NPR's Morning Edition ♦ "Superlative...masterfully crafted...[a] powerful work of historical fiction."-- The Wall Street Journal ♦ "[Sepetys is] a master of YA fiction...she once again anchors a panoramic view of epic tragedy in perspectives that feel deeply textured and immediate."-- Entertainment Weekly ♦ "Compelling for both adult and teenage readers."-- New York Times Book Review ♦ "Intimate, extraordinary, artfully crafted...brilliant."-- Shelf Awareness ♦ "[H]aunting, heartbreaking, hopeful and altogether gorgeous...one of the best young-adult novels to appear in a very long time."-- Salt Lake Tribune ♦ * "This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered."-- Booklist, starred review ♦ * "Artfully told and sensitively crafted...will leave readers weeping."-- School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Between Shades of Gray :
New York Times Notable Book, 2011 ♦ Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book, 2011 ♦ A Publishers Weekly , School Library Journal , Booklist , and Kirkus Best Book of 2011 ♦ iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel ♦ A Carnegie Medal and William C. Morris Finalist ♦ A New York Times and International Bestseller ♦ "Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."-- The Washington Post ♦ * "Beautifully written and deeply felt...an important book that deserves the widest possible readership."-- Booklist
From Library Staff
An evocative historical fiction inspired by a real-life tragedy. It is winter 1945, towards the end of the Second World War, and thousands of refugees in Eastern Europe are fleeing the Soviet advance. "Salt to the sea" tells the story of four refugees hoping to gain passage on the Wilh... Read More »
Lisa_Marie_C Dec 09, 2017
Grade 8 and up
It’s 1945; the war is ending, and with the Red Army advancing, thousands of refugees are fleeing Germany. Joanna, Emilia, and Florian are thrown together on the ship Wilhelm Gustloff, but when disaster strikes, can they still hope for freedom – or even survival?
It is 1945, and four teens are seeking refuge on a ship that promises safety to all. As their paths converge, their hopes for freedom hang in the balance.
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“But unlike Mama, I would not go to heaven. My secrets padlocked the gates. I'd be a torn kite stuck in the dead branches of a tree, unable to fly.”
"The Fuhrer is a talented watercolorist. He applied to art school [...] but the school did not accept him. Oh, how they will regret it."
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