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About the Author

Ruta Sepetys ( is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling 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 teens and adults worldwide. Her novels Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy, and Salt to the Sea have won or been shortlisted for more than forty book prizes, and are included on more than sixty state award lists. Between Shades of Gray was adapted into the film Ashes in the Snow, and her other novels are currently in development for TV and film. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is passionate about the power of history and literature to foster global awareness and connectivity. She has presented to NATO, to the European Parliament, in the United States Capitol, and at embassies worldwide. Ruta was born and raised in Michigan and now lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow her on Twitter @RutaSepetys and Instagram @RutaSepetysAuthor.

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Praise for Salt to the Sea

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
An International Bestseller
Winner of the Carnegie Medal
Featured on NPR's Morning Edition

Ruta Sepetys acts as champion of the interstitial people so often ignored -- whole populations lost in the cracks of history.--The New York Times

Superlative...masterfully crafted...[a] powerful work of historical fiction.--The Wall Street Journal
[Sepetys is] a master of YA fiction...she once again anchors a panoramic view of epic tragedy in perspectives that feel deeply textured and immediate.--Entertainment Weekly

[A] riveting novel . . . Sepetys skillfully weaves history into her story, here grounding her nuanced characters in the events of winter 1945. Vivid details punctuate the spare prose.--The Washington Post

[H]aunting, heartbreaking, hopeful and altogether of the best young-adult novels to appear in a very long time.--Salt Lake Tribune

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, as her warm and human characters breathe new life into one of the world's most terrible and neglected tragedies. --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

Ruta Sepetys is more than just an author -- she's history's answer to CSI.--Mashable

[A] stunning historical novel.--Hypable

* Sepetys excels in shining light on lost chapters of history, and this visceral novel proves a memorable testament to strength and resilience in the face of war and cruelty. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

* This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered, and in turn, it tries to remember the thousands of real people its fictional characters represent. What it asks of us is that their memories, and their stories, not be abandoned to the sea. --Booklist, starred review

* Artfully told and sensitively crafted, Sepetys's exploration of this little-known piece of history will leave readers weeping. --SLJ, starred review

The inevitability of the ending (including the loss of several characters) doesn't change its poignancy, and the short chapters and slowly revealed back stories for each character guarantee the pages keep turning. Heartbreaking, historical, and a little bit hopeful. --Kirkus Reviews
Intimate, extraordinary, artfully crafted...brilliant.--Shelf Awareness

This book includes all the reasons why teens read: for knowledge, for romance, for amazing and irritating characters. This novel will break readers' hearts and then put them back together a little more whole. --VOYA

Sepetys's...scene-setting is impeccable; the penetrating cold of the journey is palpable, and she excels at conveying the scope of the losses while giving them a human face....[T]his elegiac tale succeeds with impressive research, affecting characters, and keen, often unsettling insights into humans' counterposed tendencies toward evil and nobility. Readers will be left to discuss which impulse triumphs here. --The Horn Book

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B013HFZYK0
  • Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (4 February 2016)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1523 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 402 pages
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