Between Shades of Gray

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 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.

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Reviewed: 2020-12-01

One word. Hitler. He is doing terrible things! Like taking people from their homes to get on trains with moaning, wounded, annoying children and adults for weeks and weeks. They end up in a totally strange city seperated from their families. That's not even the worst. They get sold to strangers who treat them horribly! I normally don't like books that have to do with any kind of history or war, but this I loved! The ending wasn't my favorite because it was very emotional. Other than that it was really great. It has lots of detail and someone who I thought would be a horrible person the whole book came through and saved many people's lives. I reccomend this book to anyone who likes any kind of history or a little adventure in the past. Submitted by: Shelby B. and Lydia E.

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