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Between shades of gray

by Sepetys, Ruta.

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Call number: Display, Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Fl., DISPLAY, Downtown Teen, Malletts DISPLAY, Pittsfield DISPLAY, Traverwood DISPLAY, Traverwood Teen

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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.

Community Reviews

So good...

Definitely not an upper, but so good - This is a different war than World War II, and one I was not aware of - will be looking for more books similar.

Between the Shades of Amazing

Absolutely loved this book! I could not put it down. With all the suspense this fiction story came to life, and I could feel every bit catharsis each character had.

A mildy successful effort

Reading the two A2Y finalists, I could not help comparing the two, and by that measure alone, this one falls very short. Yes, it is a sad story, and yes it is based in history. Ask yourself, how many books have you been asked to admire because they place identifiablly good people at the mercy of identifiably bad people? Did this one add any nuance to the standard story? The author 's ethnic heritage is Lithuanian, but there is no evidence that she knew very much about the history of the Baltic nations, the relationships amon the Slavic peoples, their reasoning in escaping from the USSR via Hitler's Germany. If we are to learn from history, we must view it in living color, not just shades of gray, mostly black and whire. This author is at the beginning of her career. She needs to dig deeper.


I normally don't read these type of books but I am glad I did. This is an amazing book even though there are many unpleasant scenes. This book was harsh, beautiful and inspiring. It's a powerful book and I recommend it to everyone.


Such a realistic and sad stor.y


Super realistic and historically relevant

must read

If you are at all interested in WWII this is a must read

Between Shades of Gray

God! It's such a sad book. But it's SO realistic

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