Want to Read: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

It’s very sad that while any schoolkid could tell you about the horrific things Hitler did, next to none of them could tell you about Stalin. Stalin is responsible for tens of millions of deaths, and his own attempts to wipe out entire groups of people in places like Ukraine.

Because of this I’m glad this book is gaining so much popularity, and I can’t wait to read it!

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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 beetroots and fight for their lives under the cruellest 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.


Posted on 13/05/2013, in Books, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Historical, Young Adult History, Young Adult Issues and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Good Post..Can you review my book? 😀
    Sanoj Jose (Author, My Day Out With An Angel)

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