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// BOOKSACTUALLY RECOMMENDS //Between Shades of Gray by Ruth SepetysLina 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."This superlative first novel by Ruta Sepetys demonstrates the strength of its unembellished language. A hefty emotional punch." —The New York Times “Brave Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in.” —Entertainment Weekly "Heart-wrenching… A story of hardship as well as human triumph, ‘Between Shades of Gray' is an eye-opening reimagination of a very real tragedy written with grace and heart.” —The Los Angeles Times

// BOOKSACTUALLY RECOMMENDS //

Between Shades of Gray

by Ruth 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 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.


"This superlative first novel by Ruta Sepetys demonstrates the strength of its unembellished language. A hefty emotional punch."

—The New York Times


“Brave Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in.”

—Entertainment Weekly


"Heart-wrenching… A story of hardship as well as human triumph, ‘Between Shades of Gray' is an eye-opening reimagination of a very real tragedy written with grace and heart.”

—The Los Angeles Times

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