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MrDavies, Chobham Academy Book Group

Salt to the Sea

I really enjoyed one of this author's previous books, so was looking forward to reading this. Like a number of the books on the shortlist, it seems to use a number of different narrators, each taking a chapter each. This means that you really have to immerse yourself in the book and that you get to know all of the characters - including some secrets which they are hiding from each other. The book is set in Eastern Europe during the final phases of World War Two and I suppose while there is a lot of writing about other areas of the war the Lithuanian and East Prussian perspective is one that should not be ignored. I like the map at the front and keep referring to it. There is really tough, difficult content here, too, and sadly all of it is probably true. It is a reminder of the importance of treating refugees with humanity, of the terrible nature of war and what it does to people, young and old. So it is haunting, bleak and beautiful. It is a book that we adults would like to protect young people from, but that makes it really important that young people read it.

Posted on: 15th May 2017 at 12:10 am

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