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Between Shades of Gray (Hardcover)
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This is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel - and I am so very glad that I
read it! In 1939, Lina is just 15 years old when her family is
deported from their home in Lithuania and forced to spend years working
in labor camps in Siberia, where the conditions were similar to Nazi
concentration camps. Despite the devastating circumstances, she
amazingly manages to retain her identity, her dignity, her hope for a
future of freedom, and even manages to find love. Haunting, horrific,
and simply beautiful, this is a book that will be appreciated by teens
and adults alike.
March 2011 Indie Next List
“The full extent of Stalin's genocide will never truly be known, but it certainly had no boundaries. Ruta Sepetys stunningly portrays the devastation of Lithuania through the eyes of 15-year-old Lina and the story of her family's deportation to Siberia. The camp scenes not only accurately display the horror of the Great Terror but also show the courage and resilience of those who survived this colossal crime. Consider this the young adult version of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.”
— Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both. --"The Washington Post"
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.
Praise for BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY:
A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch. --"The New York Times Book Review "
A brilliant story of love and survival. --Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of "Speak "and "Wintergirls"
* Beautifully written and deeply felt an important book that deserves the widest possible readership. --"Booklist," Starred Review
A "New York Times" Bestseller
An International Bestseller
A "New York Times "Notable Book of 2011
A "Wall Street Journal" Best Children's Book of 2011
A "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of 2011
The iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel
The #1 Book on the Spring 2011 IndieNext List
A" School Library Journal" Best Book of 2011
A "Booklist "Best Book of 2011
A "Kirkus "Best Book of 2011
2012 IRA Children's and Young Adults Book Award for Young Adult Fiction
2012 Indies Choice Young Adult Book of the Year
A Carnegie Medal Finalist
A William C. Morris Finalist.
Praise for Between Shades of Gray:
“A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch.” –The New York Times Book Review
“Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.”--The Washington Post
"Beautiful…a superb though grueling novel.”–The Wall Street Journal
“An eye-opening reimagination of a very real tragedy written with grace and heart.”--Los Angeles Times
“An engrossing and poignant story of the fortitude of the human spirit in a dark time in Lithuanian history.”--Associated Press
“Brave Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in.”--Entertainment Weekly
“Please read this small window into a tragedy.”--NPR
“Beautifully written and researched, it captures the devastation of war while celebrating the will to survive.”--Family Circle
*“A harrowing page-turner.”--Publishers Weekly, *Starred Review*
*“A gripping story.”--School Library Journal, *Starred Review*
*“Bitterly sad, fluidly written…Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers.”--Kirkus, *Starred Review*
*"Beautifully written and deeply felt…an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.”--Booklist, *Starred Review*
“A haunting chronicle, demonstrating that even in the heart of darkness ‘love is the most powerful army.’” –The Horn Book Magazine
“Stalin deported and murdered millions, but he could not destroy the seeds of memory, compassion, and art that they left behind. From those seeds, Ruta Septeys has crafted a brilliant story of love and survival that will keep their memory alive for generations to come.” --Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Wintergirls
“In terrifying detail, Ruta Sepetys re-creates World War II coming of age all too timely today. Between Shades of Gray is a document long overdue.” --Richard Peck, Newbery Award–winning author of A Year Down Yonder
“Between Shades of Gray is a story of astonishing force. I feel grateful for a writer like Ruta Sepetys who bravely tells the hard story of what happens to the innocent when world leaders and their minions choose hate and oppression. Beautiful and unforgettable.” --Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor–winning author of Hitler Youth
“Sepetys has penned a harrowing and heartbreaking novel. Beautifully written and important.”–Harlan Coben, international bestselling author of Shelter