Bang!

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is a Young Adult historical fiction recommended to me by my friend Joan. Although this is an excellent novel, I wouldn’t recommend it for children in grammar school or junior high.

The story is based on a tragedy which took place in the Baltic Sea during World War Two. It happened during a Nazi evacuation of refugees in effort to help them escape the rapidly approaching Russian army. This is a completely new story to me.

Sepetys’s exceptional story revolves around a group of young refugees from different countries whose paths cross as they try to escape the Russians. Each character’s personal experiences highlight different realities of war as seen through a child’s eyes. One of the traveling companions is an elderly shoemaker. He represents the voice of experience.

This story made me gasp and cry. I thought it was expertly written, but as I wrote earlier, I don’t think it is suitable for young children. I am grateful to have read it because it brought to light a story previously unknown to me. I admire this novel greatly because it is masterfully crafted. If you enjoy historical fiction, I recommend reading this novel.

Further reading:

http://www.worldwar-two.net/events/operation-hannibal/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-brief-history-of-the-amber-room-160940121/

Advertisements

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s