Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is an internationally acclaimed author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a 'crossover' novelist as her books are read by both students and adults worldwide. Her works include 'Between Shades of Gray', 'Out of the Easy', 'Salt to the Sea', and 'The Fountains of Silence', which have won numerous awards and are often used in school curricula. Known for giving voice to underrepresented history, Sepetys is admired for her ability to create compelling characters and complex narratives that highlight the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.


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  1. 1. Salt To The Sea

    The novel is a poignant historical fiction set during World War II, which follows the intertwining fates of four young people from different nations and backgrounds as they desperately flee the advancing Soviet army in East Prussia. Their paths converge en route to the ill-fated Wilhelm Gustloff, a German evacuation ship that promises salvation from the encroaching war. The narrative, rich in detail and emotion, explores themes of guilt, redemption, and survival, while bringing to light one of the most tragic and little-known maritime disasters in history. Through their harrowing journey, the characters confront the brutal realities of war and the impact of their choices amidst a world torn apart by conflict.

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