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From multiple award-winner and renowned author Anthony Doerr comes the dazzling and electric novel about a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose fates lead them to one another as they struggle to survive the heat of the Second World War.
Marie-Laure lives in Paris with her father, the Keeper of Keys at the Museum of Natural History. At the age of six, cataracts bring her blindness. Her father then constructs a scale model of their neighborhood, so she can learn her way back home. Six years later, the Germans began their occupation of Paris, so Marie-Laure and her father flee to Saint-Malo where her great-uncle Etienne lived in a tall, narrow house near the sea. Entrusted to Marie-Laure's father is the museum's most precious and perhaps most dangerous artifact—the Sea of Flames.
In a coal mining town in Germany live the orphaned siblings, Werner and Jutta. They find an old radio, and Werner, being a curious boy, grows a talent in fixing radios. His knack for electronics earns him a recommendation in a ruthless Hitler Youth academy. He is assigned to a division that locates and eliminates rebels who make anti-German broadcasts. When Werner's unit is called to trace the resistance in Saint-Malo, his path finally collides with Marie-Laure's in an encounter that will change their lives forever.
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