Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys

Publication Information: New York : Philomel Books, 2016

Summary: In 1945, World War II is drawing to close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide.  Among them are Joana, Emilia, Florian, and Alfred, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation:  the Wilhelm Gustloff.  Forced by circumstances to unite, the four find their strength, courage, and trust in one another tested with each step closer toward safety.

Told in alternating points of view, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was sinking on the Wilhelm Gustloff - the greatest maritime disaster in history.

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