Penguin Books Salt to the Sea Penguin Books Salt to the Sea
Penguin Books Salt to the Sea Penguin Books Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

By Ruta Sepetys


Publication Date: August 1, 2017

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Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up

#1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal!

"A superlative novel . . . masterfully crafted."--The Wall Street Journal

Based on "the forgotten tragedy that was six times deadlier than the Titanic."--Time

Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. But not all promises can be kept . . .

This paperback edition includes book club questions and exclusive interviews with Wilhelm Gustloff survivors and experts.

About the Author

Ruta Sepetys ( is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a "crossover" novelist, as her books are read by both teens and adults worldwide. Her novels Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy, and Salt to the Sea have won or been shortlisted for more than forty book prizes, and are included on more than sixty state award lists. Between Shades of Gray was adapted into the film Ashes in the Snow, and her other novels are currently in development for TV and film. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is passionate about the power of history and literature to foster global awareness and connectivity. She has presented to NATO, to the European Parliament, in the United States Capitol, and at embassies worldwide. Ruta was born and raised in Michigan and now lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow her on Twitter @RutaSepetys and Instagram @RutaSepetysAuthor.

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 448 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

ISBN: 9780142423622

25-09-2017 18:04

Gorgeously written, captivating historical fiction set in the waning days of WWII that tells the story of several teens, each from a different country and with their own agenda and secrets, trying to secure a spot on the Wilhelm Gustloff passenger ship out of Germany. The Russians are advancing and each of their lives has been irreversibly changed by their journeys. This is a side of history that few know about. Deeply moving and highly recommended for educators and teens. Due to mature themes, for 12 and up only.

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