"The New York Times" bestseller "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys is a harrowing story of a Lithuanian family who suffer unimaginable hardship and deportation during World War II, pitched perfectly for children and adults alike. That morning, my brother's life was worth a pocket watch...One night fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and young ...
"The New York Times" bestseller "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys is a harrowing story of a Lithuanian family who suffer unimaginable hardship and deportation during World War II, pitched perfectly for children and adults alike. That morning, my brother's life was worth a pocket watch...One night fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and young brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards, thrown into cattle cars and sent away. They are being deported to Siberia. An unimaginable and harrowing journey has begun. Lina doesn't know if she'll ever see her father or her friends again. But she refuses to give up hope. Lina hopes for her family. For her country. For her future. For love - first love, with the boy she barely knows but knows she does not want to lose...Will hope keep Lina alive? Set in 1941, "Between Shades of Gray" is an extraordinary and haunting story based on first-hand family accounts and memories from survivors. "This superlative first novel by Ruta Sepetys demonstrates the strength of its unembellished language. A hefty emotional punch". ("New York Times"). "Her prose is restrained and powerful, as unadorned as the landscape in which her characters struggle to survive...Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both". ("The Washington Post"). Born and raised in Michigan, Ruta Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. Ruta lives with her family in Tennessee. "Between Shades of Grey" is her first novel.
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never after the Bible have i read a book with m ore impact on me. from 1944 until 1991 unknown to the world the 3 countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithunoans sent to Siberia suffered so so horrific cruelities. how could this be hidden sooo very long from the world? God Almighty had to have fortified these dear people. i strongly recommend this book to the world in 2014 so we may pray knowing this knowledge for an end to evil.
Apr 14, 2011
This is a heart wrenching story. I enjoyed reading this very much. I am always interested in stories of this kind and I love biographies and historical books. The author makes the story very readable. More of this kind would appeal to me.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-01-03 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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