Salt to the Sea – REVIEW

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Salt to the Sea – REVIEW

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Salt to the Sea is a wonderful, well written book by Ruta Sepetys.

The book Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is a historical fiction book, and is about a group of refugees traveling from East Prussia to Nazi Germany. They have to cross Russian occupied territory to reach the German Port. They face many challenges along the road, but they become closer and think of each other as family. In times of challenge, they always stick by each other, and they risk their lives to help save others along the journey.

It is not part of a series, but Ruta Sepetys uses a character named Lina from her first book: Between Shades Of Gray, which was about a similar topic.

Adults said that this book should be for children ages 13+, because there are some scenes with violence.

The reason the book was written was because Ruta Sepetys wanted to write about a WWII disaster that many people had never heard of: The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff.

The main characters in Salt to the Sea are Joana Vilkas, Florian Beck, Alfred Frick, and Emilia Stożek.

I read this book for my English book report. I chose it because I read another book by the same author.  

It was published in 2016 by Penguin Books, and it is 391 pages. In 2017, the book won a Carnegie Medal, a Kate Greenaway Medal, and it was nominated for an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award.

Adults said this book was for people aged 13+, but I think that it’s suitable for 12 year olds, so it is definitely suitable for this children at this school. I think this because I don’t think the violent scenes are that bad and I think children that are 12 could handle it fine.

I enjoyed the ending of the story because even though the book was sad, the ending was joyful.

I liked how the author used a lot of detail to describe each character. The author uses great vocabulary and helps you picture what the past was like. You can easily picture all of the settings in your mind, and you felt as if you were with the characters.  When the characters entered an abandoned mansion I could easily picture it and I felt as if I were there.

Some people might consider the book long, but when you read it, you can easily get lost in it. I couldn’t put the book down, and I finished it in one night.

The only problem I found with this book, is that the cover gives the ending away, but I would still give this book a 5/5.

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