Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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Between Shades of Gray Read Online Free - 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.

Title : Between Shades of Gray
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ISBN : 0399254129
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 344 pages


Sasha rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2017

Really loved this book and it's story because I personally have never heard about this side of the war before and I'm so grateful I know about it now.

Maggie rated it ★★★★★

July 04, 2011

This is not a pretty book. Even though I found this novel exceptionally well-written, it was not a pleasure to read. It’s about Lithuanians displaced to Siberian work camps during World War II. It was pretty unflinchingly brutal, but here’s why I think you ought to read it: 1. It is a side of World...

Lora rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2011

Actual rating: 4.5 stars As soon as I saw this video, I knew I had to read this novel. Between Shades of Gray isn't the type of book I'd normally read, but I'm extremely glad that I decided to read it. Lina is a very strong and courageous character. Despite the situation Lina is placed in at the yo...

Lola rated it ★★★★☆

March 14, 2017

I don’t know what the educational plan looks like in other Canadian provinces – it should be quite similar to Quebec’s – but where I went to high school we learned so little about the social consequences of World War II, so I’m grateful I have books like BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY to enlighten me on...

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) rated it ★★★★★

October 10, 2011

Exactly a year before, the Soviets have begun moving troops over the borders into the country. Then, in August, Lithuania was officially annexed into the Soviet Union. When I complained at the dinner table, Papa yelled at me and told me to never, ever say anything derogatory about the Soviets. He...

Ariana rated it ★★★★★

March 20, 2015

'Now my heart sank into my stomach where the bile began to chew it.' Step on my heart, cut it wide open, rub it with salt and feed it to the sharks.. Or just make me read this book, because this is how it feels like reading this story. How can I call “wonderful” a book full of so many horrors? ......

Angela M rated it ★★★★★

February 04, 2016

I was so taken by the story of Lina and her family and all of the others that came to life here as they were deported from their homes in Lithuania, by Stalin's Russians to a work camp in Siberia. It's a devastatingly sad story of fictional characters but what makes it even more heartbreaking is...

Jillian (bookishandnerdy) rated it ★★★★★

June 01, 2016

These writings may shock or horrify you, but that is not my intention. It is my greatest hope that the pages in this jar stir your deepest well of human compassion. I hope they prompt you to do something, to tell someone. Only then can we ensure that this kind of evil is never allowed to repeat...

Emily May rated it ★★★☆☆

March 30, 2012

Um... so I'm a bit torn on this one but I'm going to rate it 3.5 stars. I think what made it worse was all the bloody hype (like with Matched) that made me think this was going to blow my mind and it kind of just, well, didn't. It was an interesting history lesson. My knowledge of Soviet activiti...

Elana rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 09, 2016

(Edit, July 9, 2016: I was a pretentious 16-year-old when I wrote this review, lol. I'm 21 now and I'll be going back to edit it periodically.) Let me justify my seemingly harsh rating. First things first, let me provide you with some (probably not necessitated) background into my interest in this...

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