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Between Shades of Gray Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 22, 2011
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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.
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 4/3/2012
- Pages: 368
- Reading Level: Age 12 and Up
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This is the second book I have read by Sepetys. This book was very powerful. Sepetys was relentless in her portrayal of the horror and brutality that Lina and her family endured as Polish political prisoners under communism. Reading this book was a good reminder of how good are lives are. The current political climate is just awful, but it’s not the end of days we think it is. It is easy to get wrapped up in our present and think this is the worst it has ever been. Between Shades of Gray is an excellent reminder that things can be much worse and that they were in recent memory. It is also a reminder that we should be grateful for our many blessings and to stand vigilant against evil. I recommend this book as a reality check against all our complaining about our first world problems. It certainly gave my twelve-year-old daughter food for thought.
During World War II, many Lithuanians lost their precious families and were forced to abandon their beloved homes. Their stories were told as they were seen, experienced and recorded by a fifteen year old Lithuanian girl, Lina. Lina's youth and homeland were stolen from her by Stalin's reign of terror.
Along with countless other Lithuanians, Lina and her family were abruptly removed from their beautiful and peaceful homes and sent on a harrowing and dehumanizing trip with the final destination being a Siberian prison camp. This book beautifully told the stories of some of the survivors and victims.
Lina, Jonas and Andrius cared for each other, protected one another and managed to scrape up little joys and small reasons to smile and hope. These actions and traits allowed them to persevere and survive.
The characters, both main and supportive, were multi dimensional and well developed.
Between Shades Of Gray is another story which needed to be told, experienced and remembered.
And we never learn or change. Outrageous crimes against humanity run rife to this day. Humans really are nothing more than intelligent animals. Animals who use their so-called intelligence for one simple egoistical purpose: to find better and quicker ways to humiliate, punish or kill those who belong to the wrong ethnic group, religion, or political system.
I can't say I enjoyed Between Shades of Gray, not because it was poorly written or any such thing, but because it made me feel ashamed I am part of the human race.
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Review of human atrocities well written bless you Rita for exploring the courage of your ancestors and home country men and women.