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Between Shades of Gray

Winner - Fiction - 2012 Golden Kite Awards for Children's Books

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Ruta Sepetys

 

ISBN

978-0399254123

Format

Hardback

Publisher

Philomel Books

Published March 22 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?  This morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl, in 1941. Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. 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's father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. All is lost.

Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. 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 only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?

Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.

 

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