September Buzz Book

Salt To The Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

What The Teen Press Corps Is Saying

“Ruta Sepetys is one of the most talented young adult historical fiction authors writing for teens to date. . . I cannot tell you how amazing all the ways in which the four person POV used were, but I’ll try my best. The repetition of onomonopias and metaphors throughout each character’s view was incredible. Each character’s chapters became shorter in high-energy events, giving the reader an adrenaline rush. . . Salt to the Sea ripped my heart into little pieces and I liked it, and I still think about this book a month after finishing it. Everyone should read this book.”


Emily, Teen Press Corps


About The Book

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.

National Buzz

“Ruta Sepetys is a master of historical fiction. In “Salt to the Sea” the hard truths of her herculean research are tempered with effortless, intimate storytelling.”

Elizabeth Wein, “New York Times” bestselling author of Printz Award Honor Book “Code Name Verity”


A rich, page-turning story that brings to vivid life a terrifying and little-known moment in World War II history.

Steve Sheinkin, author of Newbery Honor and National Book Award finalist “Bomb”


“Brutal. Beautiful. Honest.”

Sabaa Tahir, “New York Times”bestselling author of”An Ember in the Ashes”

 “Sepetys excels in shining light on lost chapters of history.”

–Publishers Weekly, “starred review

“This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered.”

–Booklist, starred review

— “Artfully told and sensitively crafted, Sepetys’s exploration of this little-known piece of history will leave readers weeping.”

–School Library Journal, starred review

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