Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

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By (author) Ruta Sepetys

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  • Publisher: Philomel Books
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 141mm x 209mm x 30mm | 369g
  • Publication date: 16 March 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0399256288
  • ISBN 13: 9780399256288
  • Sales rank: 577,188

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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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Author information

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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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