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The Fountains of Silence

Monday, February 24th, 2020

by Ruta Sepetys, 495 pages, Grades 7 and up.

Daniel’s father has an opportunity to make a business deal in Spain; he is an oil man. Daniel’s mother grew up in Spain and is happy to be able to share her home country with her family. Daniel’s dad is also hoping Daniel will follow in his footsteps and work for his oil company one day, but Daniel’s passion is photojournalism. He has applied to journalism school and hopes to enhance his portfolio by taking photos on this trip. It is 1957 and Spain is led by the dictator Francisco Franco, or Generalissimo. Things might appear to be orderly, but everyone has secrets and everyone is afraid; bad things happen when you don’t follow all the rules. Daniel has grown up speaking Spanish at home, so he finds his way around Madrid more easily than other tourists from America and also comes to see the Spanish people in a way that many tourists aren’t allowed. He is only hoping for a provocative photographic entry to send with his application to journalism school, but in the end his life is forever changed. The darkness of Franco’s Spain is hard to endure and impossible to escape.

 

If you like exciting historical fiction you might like other books by Sepetys: Between Shades of Gray, and Salt to the Sea.