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Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys


"But what did that matter? I became a deserter four years ago, when I fled from Lithuania. Lithuania. I had left in 1941. What was happening at my home?"

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys is a haunting and evocative journey that transports readers to the turbulent year of 1945, as World War II nears its end. In the midst of this backdrop, a group of refugees embarks on a treacherous path towards the promise of freedom.

At the heart of the narrative are three individuals: Joana, Florian, and Emilia. As their paths converge on a journey towards the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that stands as a beacon of salvation, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways.

The pages of this book unveil their difficult journey, allowing readers to immerse themselves in a tale that is sad but also hopeful. As you turn each page, you’ll uncover the complexities of their characters, the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of solidarity in the face of adversity.

Ruta Sepetys masterfully weaves together history, emotion, and storytelling in “Salt to the Sea,” providing readers with an opportunity to delve into a period of history that is often overlooked. Through the eyes of her characters, you’ll witness the strength and vulnerability of those impacted by the ravages of war.

So, if you’re ready to embark on a literary journey that will take you back to a pivotal moment in history and introduce you to characters who will linger in your heart long after the last page is turned, “Salt to the Sea” is a compelling choice. Discover the untold stories of courage, sacrifice, and human connection that lie within its pages.

Read the book, know their story.


More details:


  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Recommended reading age: 12 and up
  • Publication date: 2017
  • ISBN-10142423629
  • ISBN-13978-0142423622


Ruta Sepetys (Rūta Šepetys) is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee, giving a voice to underrepresented history. She has won the Carnegie Medal and has been invited to present at NATO, the European Parliament, and various embassies worldwide. She was given the Cross of the Knight of the Order by the President of Lithuania for her extraordinary contributions. You can learn more about the author on her website.

Ruta Sepetys introduces her book in the short video below. A very powerful message.


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