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Between Shades of Gray

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Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray | THE GRAY LADY Ruta Sepetys's debut novel

Between Shades of Gray

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Ruta Sepetys
publisher:
Philomel
genre:
Young Adult

We gave it a B

”They took me in my nightgown.” So begins Between Shades of Gray, Sepetys’ stirring tale of 15-year-old Lina, a Lithuanian girl deported to a Siberian work camp in 1941. Shoved into the same boxcar are her 10-year-old brother, her marvelously elegant mother — the most fully alive of the characters — and a horde of terrified neighbors. Lina, a promising art student, uses her drawings to document their brutal experience and relay messages to her father’s prison camp. Sepetys’ debut novel may lack the oomph of The Book Thief, but brave Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in. B