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Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously-and at great risk-documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

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"Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."--The Washington Post

A New York Times notable book

An International Bestseller

A Carnegie Medal Nominee

Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life--until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?

A moving and haunting novel for readers of The Book Thief

About the Author

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ruta Sepetys grew up hearing stories of her father's childhood as a Lithuanian refugee. Realizing this was a story never told in a novel for young adults, Ruta decided to tell it herself. When not writing, Ruta works in the music industry. Between Shades of Gray is her first novel. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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SabinaS, December 13, 2013 (view all comments by SabinaS)
Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Septeys is a heartbreaking tale of love and loss. It takes place in 1941, during Joseph Stalin’s rule. Lina is your average 15 year old. She is getting ready to leave for art school, when the NKVD (Soviet Secret Police) barge into their Lithuanian home and cramp them all into a disgusting train car. Separated and always worried for her father, Lina leaves behind secret messages in her art that she hopes will reach him. On this treacherous journey to Siberia, Lina must be strong and hopeful for her family to survive this tragedy.

I loved this story, and I give it 5/5 stars. Septeys painted a beautiful and sadly little known historical fiction of the Lithuanian, Finnish, Estonian and Latvian deportation. I think this book was very easy to read, and it had good flow and pacing. The characters in the story were deep and thoughtful, giving up much to help their families. It is an emotional and heartfelt story which I would recommend for book lovers everywhere.
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librariphile, December 10, 2013 (view all comments by librariphile)
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I got a chance to dig into this unfortunately named, but incredibly beautiful book. It's the first novel of Ruta Sepetys, the daughter of Lithuanian refugees who was born and raised in Michigan: a nicely written story with brilliant female characters. The imagination and clarity with which Sepetys creates Lina is touching, inspiring, and lovely. I also love how this book is written for all ages -- with short, engaging chapters and seamless shifts in chronology that add depth to already deeply shocking story.
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Beverly B, March 2, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Between Shades of Gray is a powerful and terrifyingly realistic story of the genocide Stalin committed against intellectuals in the Baltic countries during the 1930's. Based on the experiences of the author's grandmother, the protagonist, Lina, is a typical 15 year old. As her family is being deported to Siberia on a disease infested boxcar, she fails to see the danger or seriousness of the situation. Her teenage arrogance almost gets her friend killed. Even as they are being worked and starved to death on one of Stalin's failing communal farms, she believes they will be rescued or freed. Her belief is not based on faith, but innocence and immaturity. Lina's brilliant and couragous mother, Elena is the leader and moral compass for the political prisoners, and Lina's motivation to survive no matter how impossible life becomes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142420591
Author:
Sepetys, Ruta
Publisher:
Speak
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.98 in 0.73 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to AND UP

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"Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."--The Washington Post

A New York Times notable book

An International Bestseller

A Carnegie Medal Nominee

Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life--until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?

A moving and haunting novel for readers of The Book Thief

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