Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea is unlike any World War II novel I have ever read.  Like most novels set in Europe during this time, there is heartbreak, tragedy, incredible loss and bravery.  But this disaster was completely unknown to me.  It is inspired by the greatest tragedy in maritime history, the Wilhelm Gustloff.  Told from the perspective of four young refugees, the mystery of each of their lives is gripping.  This is an incredible, well-written story that had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.  Publisher’s Weekly ranked Salt to the Sea one of the Best YA Books of 2016.

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