Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

By (author) Ruta Sepetys


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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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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 362.87g
  • 03 Apr 2012
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • maps
  • 014242059X
  • 9780142420591
  • 21,686

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Ruta Sepetys ( 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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."..beautifully written and deeply felt." - "Booklist", starred review

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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!show more
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