Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

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By (author) Ruta Sepetys

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 33mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 014242059X
  • ISBN 13: 9780142420591
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 22,262

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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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Ruta Sepetys (www.rutasepetys.com) was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. Her award-winning debut novel, " Between Shades of Gray" was inspired by her family's history in Lithuania and is published in 40 countries. Her "New York Times "bestselling novel, "Out of the Easy" is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. A historical tale of secrets and lies, "Out of the Easy" is a story of identity, family, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny. Ruta lives with her family in Tennessee.

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By MennaEzzeldeen 02 Jul 2013 4

It's a very light read, very informative to those who know nothing about Stalin, not in a very direct way though, readers can understand that from the story. It is a good book because it finally shows something about the eastern part of the world, instead of focusing on Nazi Germany and Hitler, people realize that Stalin was as bad as Hitler.
A very emotional book, makes the reader realize the importance of family, the importance of being patient, and, how love can be the reason to continue living even in brutal circumstances.
I really recommend this book, specially when you don't want to overload your head, great read in vacation time!

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Praise for "Between Shades of Gray" "A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."--"The Washington Post" "Beautiful...a superb though grueling novel."--""The Wall Street Journal"" "An eye-opening reimagination of a very real tragedy written with grace and heart."--"Los Angeles Times" "An engrossing and poignant story of the fortitude of the human spirit in a dark time in Lithuanian history."--"Associated Press" "Brave Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in.""--Entertainment Weekly" "Please read this small window into a tragedy.""--NPR" "Beautifully written and researched, it captures the devastation of war while celebrating the will to survive.""--Family Circle" * "A harrowing page-turner."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review * "A gripping story."--"School Library Journal," starred review * "Bitterly sad, fluidly written...Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers."--"Kirkus," starred review * "Beautifully written and deeply felt...an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.""--Booklist," starred review "A haunting chronicle, demonstrating that even in the heart of darkness 'love is the most powerful army.'"--The Horn Book Magazine "Stalin deported and murdered millions, but he could not destroy the seeds of memory, compassion, and art that they left behind. From those seeds, Ruta Septeys has crafted a brilliant story of love and survival that will keep their memory alive for generations to come."--Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of "Speak "and "Wintergirls" "In terrifying detail, Ruta Sepetys re-creates World War II coming of age all too timely today. "Between Shades of Gray" is a document long overdue."--Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of "A Year Down Yonder" ""Between Shades of Gray" is a story of astonishing force. I feel grateful for a writer like Ruta Sepetys who bravely tells the hard story of what happens to the innocent when world leaders and their minions choose hate and oppression. Beautiful and unforgettable."--Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor-winning author of "Hitler Youth " "Sepetys has penned a harrowing and heartbreaking novel. Beautifully written and important."--Harlan Coben, international bestselling author of "Shelter" -- Ruta Sepetys