Between Shades of Gray

Between-Shades-of-Gray-paperback-197x300Between Shades of Gray
By Ruta Sepetys
New York: Penguin Books, 2011.

This is a beautifully written book that tells the story of fifteen year old Lina, who lived in the Baltic State of Lithuania in 1941. Her life was filled with drawing, school, friends, family and much happiness. Then in an instant all of that changed when her professor father disappeared and the NKVD officers, officers of Soviet Union’s leader, Josef Stalin, came in the middle of night and pulled her family out into the street.

Stalin came to power in the Soviet Union and sent troops to the Baltic States and rid the country of some 20 million people—people who did not share the allegiance to the Soviet Union. Lian’s father went to prison, some went to work camps, and some like Lina, her brother and mother were deported to Siberia. Deporting people was a way to dispose of large groups of people—to desolate places with unbearable conditions. Most died but some survived to tell their story—like Lina.
Experience a very dark time in history– from the eyes of an innocent and courageous young girl–when a leader commits the gravest of all sins—genocide.


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