Between Shades of Gray (Bound for Schools & Libraries)

Ruta Sepetys (Author)
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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.

Product Details

Turtleback Books
Publish Date
April 03, 2012
5.4 X 1.2 X 8.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. "Between Shades of Gray" is her first novel.


"?a gripping story?" -
"A harrowing page-turner?" -
"Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers?" -
"?beautifully written and deeply felt?" -
"Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers." - "Kirkus", starred review
"A harrowing page-turner." - "Publishers Weekly", starred review
"[A] gripping story." - "School Library Journal", starred review
"?beautifully written and deeply felt." - "Booklist", starred review
."..beautifully written and deeply felt." - "Booklist", starred review