Book of the Month – Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – May 2019

May is National Share a Story Month and the theme is Travelling Tales. Our Book of the Month is the astounding Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.


A group of teenage refugees meet on the road in the chaotic countryside of East Prussia in winter 1945. The Nazi Reich is collapsing all around them, and they, like hundreds of thousands, are fleeing the wrathful Soviet advance.

Almost all of them have something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the Wilhelm Gustloff ship. 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.

A tribute to the people of Lithuania, Poland, and East Prussia, 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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