Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
History jumps off the page and into life with Ruta Sepetys’ latest novel Salt to the Sea. While there are many stories told of WWII, this is a lesser known tale brought to life at Sepetys’ skillful hand.
As part of thousands of refugees, we are drawn into the stories of Joana, Emilia, and Florian as they meet on their way to freedom aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff ship. We are swept along in this action-packed adventure as the unthinkable happens: the Wilhelm Gustloff is attacked by a Russian submarine and sinks. Joana, Emilia, and Florian each carry their own secrets. They must band together and rely on each other’s strength for sheer survival.
This is a great book to add to your YA collection. It not only sheds light on the worst maritime disaster in ever, it also reveals a generation whose strength and courage is now told primarily through the pages of history as we lose those who fought insurmountable odds to strengthen generations to come.
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