Salt to the Sea

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Heartbreaking WWII novel shows power of hope, connection.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 29 reviews

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age 13+

Action-packed & emotion-filled historical fiction

I had no idea the historical event this book was based on, and I'm glad I didn't find out before I read this book. It made the events and the lives of the refugees caught in the middle come to life. You are able to see the worry and the suffering these people went through. Also, you get an accurate portrait of the cruelty perpetrated against innocent people. There is the usual violence that goes with war, but the book leaves you with the notion that the human spirit is something that is stronger and more hopeful than you've ever imagined. Great read!

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Educational value
Great messages
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age 14+

Violent, but good

I think this book is an amazing read and is very informative and emotional. It is pretty brutal though, *SPOILERS with a little girl being crushed into pulp by a piano and other deaths. There is rape and some kissing.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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