SALT TO THE SEA

CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER 2017


Designer: Matt Jones

Illustrator: Matt Jones


ISBN: 9780141347400


It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together

by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the

war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stories. Fans of The Book Thief or Helen Dunmore's The Siege will be totally absorbed.


This inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War.

When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in port in early 1945 it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. Nearly all were drowned. Ruta Sepetys, acclaimed author of Between Shades of Grey, brilliantly imagines their story.


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My cover design and illustration for this title which won the 2017 Cilip Carnegie Medal.


The Carnegie Medal is a British literary award that annually recognises one outstanding new book for children or young adults. It is the UK's oldest and most prestigious book award.


This title also won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award.


The SCBWI Golden Kite Award is given by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) each year to recognize great books from the 70 SCBWI regions around the world. The SCBWI Golden Kite Awards are chosen by other children’s book writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young adult readers.