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Ms Beenstock, Channing School

Salt to the Sea

This book has an interesting structure: succinct two-page chapters, each taken by one of four main characters. It took me a while to be convinced that this would work. In fact, I found it a page turner. Sepetys has created highly individualized characters, uncompromising in the sense that they do not necessarily appeal to a teenage audience and I would be interested to know what you think of the Shoe Poet, or Sorry Eva, for example.
Some of the ideas and events covered in this book are violent and gruesome, as one might expect of a novel set in the Second World War, featuring people, including children and teens, trying to survive amid the chaos. I found it moving and authentic, the language is ambitious and varied. I enjoyed it so much and can’t wait to talk to the author in person. Ruta Sepetys is going to be answering our questions on June 7, 1-1.30 in the library, via Skype. Make sure you’ve started this book before then so that you can take a full part in the interview.
Ms Beenstock

Posted on: 25th April 2017 at 10:15 am

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