Salt to the Sea (Hardcover)
Recommended by Chris: Ruta Sepetys is a wonderful historical fiction author for teens. Her newest book, The Salt to the Sea, is the story of four people who are trying to get to the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that will be their salvation from WWII. Each person has their own story about why they are running and how they became refugees. The war is closing in on them from all sides: the Russians from the East, the British and Americans from the West. It’s the depth of winter and they are not the only people on the road to the port. Is there going to be enough room on the ship for everybody?
The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff is a relatively forgotten chapter of WWII history, even though it is considered the worst maritime disaster.
The Salt to the Sea is a very powerful read. I highly recommend it for teens and adults; this would be a great book club read.
Salt to the Sea is a WW II story told through the eyes of four teens from diverse countries/backgrounds, whose lives converge as they each attempt to flee the Russian army. They have nothing in common except a need to escape. Their plight becomes an intimate journey of four souls, who must choose compassion and trust if they are to survive.
This is also the story of the Wilhelm Gustloff sea liner, which sank, taking over 9,000 of those on board to their deaths. Considered to be the deadliest maritime disaster in history, the Wilhelm Gustloff seems a secret of the WWII era. I’ve heard about the Titanic disaster, which took 1500 lives, but the Gustloff was far more devastating, claiming so many souls on a journey of hope and survival.
-Recommended by Virgie
The lives of four teens from diverse countries/backgrounds converge as they each attempt to flee the advancing Russian army during WWII. They are heading to the coast, having nothing in common except a need to escape. This historical fiction, inspired by the greatest tragedy in maritime history, is a thriller!
-Recommended by Virgie
New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal "Masterfully crafted"--The Wall Street Journal For readers of Between Shades of Gray and All the Light We Cannot See, 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--adults and children alike--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 and love 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 ♦ "Riveting...powerful...haunting."--The Washington Post ♦ "Compelling for both adult and teenage readers."--New York Times Book Review ♦ "Intimate, extraordinary, artfully crafted...brilliant."--Shelf Awareness ♦ "Historical fiction at its very, very best."--The Globe and Mail ♦ " 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 ♦ *"Artfully told and sensitively crafted...will leave readers weeping."--School Library Journal ♦ A PW and SLJ 2016 Book of the Year Praise for Between Shades of Gray
A New York Times Notable Book ♦ A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book ♦ A PW, SLJ, Booklist, and Kirkus Best Book ♦ 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 ♦ *" A]n important book that deserves the widest possible readership."--Booklist
About the Author
Ruta Sepetys (www.rutasepetys.com) was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She is the award-winning, bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy. Ruta lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow her on Twitter at @RutaSepetys.
"Ruta Sepetys is a master of historical fiction. In "Salt to the Sea" the hard truths of her herculean research are tempered with effortless, intimate storytelling.” Elizabeth Wein, "New York Times" bestselling author of Printz Award Honor Book "Code Name Verity”
A rich, page-turning story that brings to vivid life a terrifying and little-known moment in World War II history. Steve Sheinkin, author of Newbery Honor and National Book Award finalist "Bomb"
"Brutal. Beautiful. Honest." Sabaa Tahir, "New York Times"bestselling author of"An Ember in the Ashes”
* "Sepetys excels in shining light on lost chapters of history." "Publishers Weekly, "starred review
* "This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered." "Booklist, "starred review
* "Artfully told and sensitively crafted, Sepetys's exploration of this little-known piece of history will leave readers weeping." "School Library Journal, "starred review
"Heartbreaking, historical, and a little bit hopeful." "Kirkus”
"This novel will break readers hearts and then put them back together a little more whole." "VOYA”