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ISBN13: 9780142420591
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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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Maci, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Maci)
This book taught me so much. I never knew what happened in Russia during world war two and this book did a very good job explaining it. I also really liked the story.

This book is about a girl who is taken away with her family to a Russian concentration camp. This is her story of survival and how she made it threw.
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Sepetys, Ruta
Historical - Holocaust
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
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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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