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Salt To The Sea

ISBN-10: 0142423629
ISBN-13: 9780142423622
Author: Sepetys, Ruta
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: August 2017

Copyright: 2016

Page Count: 448

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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Guided Reading:
Lexile: HL560L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.5
Accelerated Reader Points: 10.0
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BISAC Subjects

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars *

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories *

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. Told in alternating points of view, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff -- the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray , Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.
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