Monday, October 17, 2011

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

"They took me in my nightgown."

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In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.

Philomel Books; 344 pages


Anonymous said...

A well written memorable book. This one will stay with me for a long time. A harrowing story, but hope always looms in the background. If it doesn't win the Newbery, it should win something! Excellent!

Anonymous said...

This was a part of history that has seldom been described and for that alone this author deserves praise. I felt so sad throughout most of it, however, and the ending left me feeling drained. It will be a hard sell for anyone trying to get teens to read it all the way through.

Bellevue Janitorial Services company said...

Sepetys is an excellent author who does such a wonderful job of making the characters very relataable. I spent the entire book pulling for just about everyone, though there were a couple of characters who were less than pleasant. The author even managed to slip in a little bit of a love story despite the tragic events.

I would very highly recommend this book to everyone!