Between Shades of Gray
By Ruta Sepetys
(Speak, Paperback, 9780142420591, 368pp.)
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
A moving and haunting novel for readers of The Book Thief
Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life--until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?
This powerful tale of heartbreak and hope is sure to haunt readers long after they finish the last page.
Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Between Shades of Gray is her first novel.
What happens when two books with similar names are out at the same time? Well, when one is historical fiction set in Lithuania and the other an S&M novel that's ripping up the best-sellers list, some interesting teachable moments. More at NPR.org
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