Salt to the Sea
Salt to the Sea
Philomel Books, Hardcover, 9780399160301, 400pp.
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
For readers ofBetween Shades of Grayand All the Light We Cannot See, bestselling author Ruta Sepetysreturns to WWII in this epic novel thatshines 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 areJoana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to theship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other testedwith each step closer to safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Notcountry, 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-winningAll the Light We Cannot See, Erik Larson'sDead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein's Printz Honor BookCode Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of theWilhelm Gustloff the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did inBetween 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 forSalt 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 TimesNotable Book AWall Street JournalBest Children's Book APW, SLJ, Booklist, and KirkusBest Book iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel A Carnegie Medal andWilliam C. Morris Finalist ANew York Timesand InternationalBestseller "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
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”
On its final voyage, Germany's Wilhelm Gustloff carried soldiers and thousands of civilians, many of them children. Young adult author Ruta Sepetys revisits the ship's 1945 sinking in Salt to the Sea. More at NPR.org
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