Salt to the Sea

By SEPETYS, Ruta

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ISBN
9780399160301
Publisher
Philomel


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on December 1, 2015  |  Young Adult

Gr 8 Up—With the same lyrical prose, eye for detail, and breath-stopping ability to unfold delicate layers of characterization and theme with skillfully paced revelations, the author of Between Shades of Gray (2011) and Out of the Easy (2013, both Philomel) presents a fictionalized World War II story based on a true tragedy. In alternating narratives, four different teens grapple with the bitter cold, the ever-present danger of falling bombs, and their own dark secrets. There's Joana, a pretty and empathetic Lithuanian nurse who harbors a heavy guilt; Florian, a mysterious young man struggling to hide h...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on February 1, 2016

The stories of four young adults -- each haunted by a secret -- converge in this heartbreaking illumination of a little-known WWII tragedy. As Russian soldiers push Nazi forces back to the Baltic Sea, thousands of refugees from the occupied Eastern European countries -- including Prussian defector Florian; Emilia, fifteen and pregnant, from Poland; and Joana, a young Lithuanian woman valued for her medical skills -- flee toward the slim hope of evacuation by sea. The narrative gains momentum as the travelers near their destination: the port of Got...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

The stories of four young adults converge in this illumination of a little-known WWII tragedy. As Russian soldiers push Nazi forces back, E...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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