When the Wilhelm Gustloff was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine in 1945, it became the single deadliest maritime disaster in history: over 9,000 soldiers and civilians perished, far more casualties than those of the Titanic and Lusitania combined. In her latest historical novel, Sepetys introduces the reader to four teens whose lives are forever changed—or ended—by this tragic but oft-forgotten shipwreck. Joana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred have different nationalities but one common goal: to survive. As the characters narrate their own stories in turn, their pasts slowly unfurl and their secrets are revealed. Ages 15 and up.
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