Yet again, Ruta Sepetys writes another absolutely incredible book. Not only does the cover draw the reader in, but the the author presents a subject matter that is not taught much in the United States history classes (specifically the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939). So, grab your Kleenex tissues, clear your calendar, and read this gem.
They say history repeats itself, and I strongly believe that if we, as individuals and as readers, don't learn learn history and educate ourselves, history will be repeated. And Franco's dictatorship of the Spanish people for thirty-six years is no joke. Ruta Sepetys makes history come alive, weaving together several protagonists' stories, of love and justice, perseverance and freedom.