When a German soldier's dog bolts in front of Leen's truck, in a fraction of a second, she must make a choice: brake hard, or hit the gas.
She floors it.
What happens next sets off a chain of events that pitches Leen, just 15, and her family against the German forces when they are most desperate - and fierce. Leen tries to hold her family together, but despite her efforts, bit by bit everything falls apart. And just when Leen experiences a horrific loss, she must make a decision that could forever brand her a traitor, yet finally allow her to live as her heart desires.
A great choice for fans of Stones from the River, The Book Thief, Those Who Save Us, and Sarah's Key, River in the Sea is a tale of first love, tragedy, intrigue and betrayal.
Inspired by the life of the author's mother, River in the Sea is a powerfully moving account of one girl reaching adulthood when everything she believes about family, friendship, and loyalty is questioned by war. Appropriate for teen readers age 16 and up.
Recently deemed “the best indie book I’ve ever read” by a reviewer at Call Me Bookish.
Author Bio: Tina Boscha lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with her husband and stepdaughters along with two nutty boxers and one silly black cat. She has an MFA in Fiction, is an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship recipient, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essay, “The Second-Hardest Job,” appears in the 2012 anthology This I Believe: On MotherHood and was recorded (by Tina herself) for NPR. She teaches composition and technical writing, and for her next novel, The Sleeping Fields, she is working on a good old-fashioned ghost story. In her spare time (ha!) she sews and knits. Catch up with her on her website, on Twitter @TinaBoscha or on Facebook. You can also sign up for her newsletter!