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Salt to the Sea

Parents need to know that Salt to the Sea is award-winning author Ruta Sepetys' (Out of the Easy) stirring historical novel set during World War II about a little-known maritime disaster: the 1945 sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German ship filled mostly with civilians trying to escape the advancing Russian (or Red) Army. The author doesn't shy away from the horrors people faced during the war, such as references to the fact people are shot at, drown, and die of injuries and sickness. Although there are only a few kisses, there's a teen pregnancy in the story. Readers will learn a great deal about aspects of WWII that aren't as frequently discussed, such as the Red Army advancing, what happened to ethnic Germans in the Baltic States, and the circumstances surrounding this wartime tragedy.

Posted on: 9th May 2017 at 03:57 pm

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