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Gail, John Mason School - Abingdon

Salt to the Sea

This fascinating novel is about the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German refugee ship carrying too many passengers. Even though this is a bigger disaster than the Titanic, I had never heard of it before. Written in short chapters from the point of view of four, very different people, it shows different opinions from a Polish girl, a Lithuanian girl trained as a nurse, a Prussian boy hiding a secret, and a German soldier who wants to be a hero and thinks that he is more important than he really is. In the book, their different stories show different sides of the plot as the characters meet each other. I really enjoyed this book as it provides an insight to life as a German refugee and about people from other countries in Germany. However, the chapters change every two pages and although this lets you get an opinion about the same event quickly, it means that you have to change thoughts a lot. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone in secondary school and probably year 6.

Posted on: 3rd April 2017 at 08:26 pm

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