Divya asked Ruta Sepetys:

Hi Ms. Sepetys! I really enjoyed reading your book. What was running through your brain when you decided to write about World War II? What emotions? The feels?

Ruta Sepetys Hi Divya!

Thanks for your question. I am drawn to hidden history and stories of strength through struggle, so I look for topics that contain those elements. World War II contains themes and emotions of hope, courage, love, loss and the miraculous nature of the human spirit. SO many feels! It's a very rich period in terms of emotions.

Thanks again!
Ruta Sepetys

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