Trini asked Ruta Sepetys:

Hi Ruta! I was wondering if all the facts related to the war are true. I know the characters' stories are fictional but there are small details that I can't get out of my head, such as the scene when the boat is leaving the port and mothers are trying to throw their babies on it, but they hit the side of the boat and fall to the water. Did a survivor tell you about that? It's terrifying. Love from Argentina <3

Ruta Sepetys Hello Trini!

Hope things are well in beautiful Argentina!

Yes, sadly, the description of the mothers trying to throw their babies up on to the ship is something that I learned while researching the history. It was such a tragic and haunting image that I had to put it in the book. :(
Ruta Sepetys

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