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The Fountains of Silence

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Poignant, powerful drama set in 1957 fascist Spain.

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age 12+

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age 12+

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Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, Sepetys has created yet another masterpiece that crosses over from young adult to general historical fiction. Like her other novels, this one is full of intricate historical details, a swoon-worthy, slow-burning romance, and a fully fleshed-out setting that will make readers believe they've actually visited Madrid and Vallejas or witnessed an amateur torero exhibition. While the main characters are Daniel and Anna, Sepetys weaves in the perspectives of the devout Puri and of Anna's older siblings in an organic way. Everyone's individual story is part of the heartbreaking whole, with Daniel acting as readers' clueless but well-intentioned guide into the deafening silence of life under Franco.

With this fourth book, Sepetys further solidifies her place at the top of YA fiction's master writers, and the preeminent historical writer for young adults. While the steamy fantasies and edgy contemporaries have their place in the space, teens, parents, and teachers should consider Sepetys' titles an automatic buy or borrow. She somehow manages to make 500+ pages fly by with a riveting story simultaneously filled with suspenseful dread and hopeful anticipation. As the pages turn, readers will fall as much for the charming and clever Spanish girl and the courageous and talented Texan boy as they do for each other. But calling the book a romance is to do it a disservice. It's a satisfying epic about so many kinds of love, from romantic to familiar, and an exploration of the important difference between patriotism and nationalism.

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