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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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ISBN13: 9780399254123
ISBN10: 0399254129
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Publisher Comments:

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

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.

Praise for BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY:

“A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch.”--The New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant story of love and survival.”--Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Wintergirls 

* “Beautifully written and deeply felt…an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.”--Booklist, Starred Review

A New York Times Bestseller

An International Bestseller

A New York Times Notable Book of 2011

A Wall Street Journal Best Childrens Book of 2011

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011

The iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel

The #1 Book on the Spring 2011 IndieNext List

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2011

A Booklist Best Book of 2011

A Kirkus Best Book of 2011

2012 IRA Childrens and Young Adults Book Award for Young Adult Fiction

2012 Indies Choice Young Adult Book of the Year

A Carnegie Medal Finalist

A William C. Morris Finalist

Review:

"Through the pained yet resilient narration of 15-year-old Lina, a gifted artist, this taut first novel tells the story of Lithuanians deported and sent to Siberian work camps by Stalin during WWII. From the start, Sepetys makes extensive use of foreshadowing to foster a palpable sense of danger, as soldiers wrench Lina's family from their home. The narrative skillfully conveys the deprivation and brutality of conditions, especially the cramped train ride, unrelenting hunger, fears about family members' safety, impossible choices, punishing weather, and constant threats facing Lina, her mother, and her younger brother. Flashbacks, triggered like blasts of memory by words and events, reveal Lina's life before and lay groundwork for the coming removal. Lina's romance with fellow captive Andrius builds slowly and believably, balancing some of the horror. A harrowing page-turner, made all the more so for its basis in historical fact, the novel illuminates the persecution suffered by Stalin's victims (20 million were killed), while presenting memorable characters who retain their will to survive even after more than a decade in exile. Ages 12 — up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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A powerful and haunting debut novel about a little-known slice of history.

Synopsis:

"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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"A harrowing page-turner." - Publishers Weekly, starred review"[A] gripping story." - School Library Journal, starred review"Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers." - Kirkus, starred review"...beautifully written and deeply felt." - Booklist, starred review

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Reader Eternal, June 30, 2013 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
This book has haunted me since I read it a week ago. The story of Stalin's systematic purging of Baltic peoples from their homeland during World War II is not well-known, in part because the survivors of this tragedy were forced to keep quiet under the post-war Soviet regime. Lina's story is one of terror and brutality, but the beauty and indomitable nature of the human spirit shines through. I read this book in a single sitting and cannot sing its praises loudly enough. It will appeal to both teens and adults, and I plan to gift a copy to every teen I know. This powerful story is one to read and re-read and talk about in the hopes that the cruelty these people suffered will never be forgotten.
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Pam in Kennewick, September 29, 2011 (view all comments by Pam in Kennewick)
I enjoyed this book so much! Similar to stories of heroes of the holocaust, this book shows the brightness of the human spirit, transformed by love, all the brighter against a very dark background. The stories of people imprisoned by Stalin, in this case Lithuanians, are not well known. Sepetys' story is fiction, but based on true events. Adults as well as middle school aged readers will enjoy this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399254123
Author:
Sepetys, Ruta
Publisher:
Philomel Books
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Survival
Subject:
Soviet Union History 1925-1953.
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.98 in 0.73 lb
Age Level:
12-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Through the pained yet resilient narration of 15-year-old Lina, a gifted artist, this taut first novel tells the story of Lithuanians deported and sent to Siberian work camps by Stalin during WWII. From the start, Sepetys makes extensive use of foreshadowing to foster a palpable sense of danger, as soldiers wrench Lina's family from their home. The narrative skillfully conveys the deprivation and brutality of conditions, especially the cramped train ride, unrelenting hunger, fears about family members' safety, impossible choices, punishing weather, and constant threats facing Lina, her mother, and her younger brother. Flashbacks, triggered like blasts of memory by words and events, reveal Lina's life before and lay groundwork for the coming removal. Lina's romance with fellow captive Andrius builds slowly and believably, balancing some of the horror. A harrowing page-turner, made all the more so for its basis in historical fact, the novel illuminates the persecution suffered by Stalin's victims (20 million were killed), while presenting memorable characters who retain their will to survive even after more than a decade in exile. Ages 12 — up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,
Unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 hours

Read by TBA

A powerful and haunting debut novel about a little-known slice of history.

"Synopsis" by ,
"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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