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Salt to the Sea

Title: Salt to the Sea
By: Ruta Sepetys

Near the end of World War II in Europe, many people have begun fleeing their homes to escape the Nazis. The Russians are destroying whole towns, and people are escaping with what they can carry. Joana, Emilia, Florian and Alfred have all left home for different reasons. Joana is a Lithuanian nurse in search of the family she became separated from during the war. Emilia is a Polish girl fleeing something horrible from her past. Florian is a Prussian soldier with something to hide. And Alfred is a German soldier who feels that what the Nazis are doing is right. The sea is the only way for them to get away from what they are hiding and find freedom. Their paths cross when they all gain passage on the ship Wilhelm Gustloff, which is crowded with war refugees who are supposed to be going to a safe place in German territory. Joana, Emilia, Florian and Alfred have come this far in their journey, but will they survive the last leg?

Based on the actual sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the worst maritime tragedy in history, Salt to the Sea tells the story of survival against all odds. In the face of the tremendous heartbreak of war, Joana, Emilia, Florian and Alfred still have the will to survive.

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Posted on March 31, 2016 at 3:41 a.m.

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