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.
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.