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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141335882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141335889
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"?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

A "New York Times "Notable Book of 2011
A "Wall Street Journal "Best Children's Book of 2011
A "Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2011
The iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel
The #1 Book on the Spring 2011 IndieNext List
A "School Library Journal "Best Book of 2011
A "Booklist "Best Book of 2011
A "Kirkus "Best Book of 2011
2012 IRA Children's and Young Adults Book Award for Young Adult Fiction
2012 Indies Choice Young Adult Book of the Year
A Carnegie Medal Finalist
A William C. Morris Finalist
A "New York Times "Bestseller
An International Bestseller

From "The Washington Post"
"Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."
**From "Publishers Weekly," Starred Review**:
"A harrowing page-turner."
** "School Library Journal," Starred Review**:
"A gripping story."
**"Kirkus," Starred Review**:
"Bitterly sad, fluidly written...Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers."
**"Booklist," Starred Review**:
"Beautifully written and deeply felt...an important book that deserves the widest possible readership."
"Stalin deported and murdered millions, but he could not destroy the seeds of memory, compassion, and art that they left behind. From those seeds, Ruta Septeys has crafted a brilliant story of love and survival that will keep their memory alive for generations to come." --Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of "Speak "and "Wintergirls"
"In terrifying detail, Ruta Sepetys re-creates World War II coming of age all too timely today. Between Shades of Gray is a document long overdue." --Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of "A Year Down Yonder"
"Between Shades of Gray is a story of astonishing force. I feel grateful for a writer like Ruta Sepetys who bravely tells the hard story of what happens to the innocent when world leaders and their minions choose hate and oppression. Beautifuln

Praise for "Between Shades of Gray"
"A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."--"The Washington Post"
"Beautiful...a superb though grueling novel."--""The Wall Street Journal""
"An eye-opening reimagination of a very real tragedy written with grace and heart."--"Los Angeles Times"
"An engrossing and poignant story of the fortitude of the human spirit in a dark time in Lithuanian history."--"Associated Press"
"Brave Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in.""--Entertainment Weekly"
"Please read this small window into a tragedy.""--NPR"
"Beautifully written and researched, it captures the devastation of war while celebrating the will to survive.""--Family Circle"

* "A harrowing page-turner."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
* "A gripping story."--"School Library Journal," starred review
* "Bitterly sad, fluidly written...Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers."--"Kirkus," starred review
* "Beautifully written and deeply felt...an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.""--Booklist," starred review
"A haunting chronicle, demonstrating that even in the heart of darkness 'love is the most powerful army.'"--The Horn Book Magazine
"Stalin deported and murdered millions, but he could not destroy the seeds of memory, compassion, and art that they left behind. From those seeds, Ruta Septeys has crafted a brilliant story of love and survival that will keep their memory alive for generations to come."--Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of "Speak "and "Wintergirls"
"In terrifying detail, Ruta Sepetys re-creates World War II coming of age all too timely today. "Between Shades of Gray" is a document long overdue."--Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of "A Year Down Yonder"
""Between Shades of Gray" is a story of astonishing force. I feel grateful for a writer like Ruta Sepetys who bravely tells the hard story of what happens to the innocent when world leaders and their minions choose hate and oppression. Beautiful and unforgettable."--Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor-winning author of "Hitler Youth "
"Sepetys has penned a harrowing and heartbreaking novel. Beautifully written and important."--Harlan Coben, international bestselling author of "Shelter"
--Ruta Sepetys

Praise for "Between Shades of Gray"
"A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."--"The Washington Post"
"Beautiful...a superb though grueling novel."--""The Wall Street Journal""
"An eye-opening reimagination of a very real tragedy written with grace and heart."--"Los Angeles Times"
"An engrossing and poignant story of the fortitude of the human spirit in a dark time in Lithuanian history."--"Associated Press"
"Brave Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in.""--Entertainment Weekly"
"Please read this small window into a tragedy.""--NPR"
"Beautifully written and researched, it captures the devastation of war while celebrating the will to survive.""--Family Circle"
* "A harrowing page-turner."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
* "A gripping story."--"School Library Journal," starred review
* "Bitterly sad, fluidly written...Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers."--"Kirkus," starred review
* "Beautifully written and deeply felt...an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.""--Booklist," starred review
"A haunting chronicle, demonstrating that even in the heart of darkness 'love is the most powerful army.'"--The Horn Book Magazine
"Stalin deported and murdered millions, but he could not destroy the seeds of memory, compassion, and art that they left behind. From those seeds, Ruta Septeys has crafted a brilliant story of love and survival that will keep their memory alive for generations to come."--Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of "Speak "and "Wintergirls"
"In terrifying detail, Ruta Sepetys re-creates World War II coming of age all too timely today. "Between Shades of Gray" is a document long overdue."--Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of "A Year Down Yonder"
""Between Shades of Gray" is a story of astonishing force. I feel grateful for a writer like Ruta Sepetys who bravely tells the hard story of what happens to the innocent when world leaders and their minions choose hate and oppression. Beautiful and unforgettable."--Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor-winning author of "Hitler Youth "
"Sepetys has penned a harrowing and heartbreaking novel. Beautifully written and important."--Harlan Coben, international bestselling author of "Shelter"
-- Ruta Sepetys

Praise for "Between Shades of Gray"
A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch. --"The New York Times Book Review"
Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both. --"The Washington Post"
"Beautiful a superb though grueling novel. --""The Wall Street Journal""
An eye-opening reimagination of a very real tragedy written with grace and heart. --"Los Angeles Times"
An engrossing and poignant story of the fortitude of the human spirit in a dark time in Lithuanian history. --"Associated Press"
Brave Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in. "--Entertainment Weekly"
Please read this small window into a tragedy. "--NPR"
Beautifully written and researched, it captures the devastation of war while celebrating the will to survive. "--Family Circle"
* A harrowing page-turner. --"Publishers Weekly," starred review
* A gripping story. --"School Library Journal," starred review
* Bitterly sad, fluidly written Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers. --"Kirkus," starred review
* "Beautifully written and deeply felt an important book that deserves the widest possible readership. "--Booklist," starred review
A haunting chronicle, demonstrating that even in the heart of darkness love is the most powerful army.' --The Horn Book Magazine
Stalin deported and murdered millions, but he could not destroy the seeds of memory, compassion, and art that they left behind. From those seeds, Ruta Septeys has crafted a brilliant story of love and survival that will keep their memory alive for generations to come. --Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of "Speak "and "Wintergirls"
In terrifying detail, Ruta Sepetys re-creates World War II coming of age all too timely today. "Between Shades of Gray" is a document long overdue. --Richard Peck, Newbery Award winning author of "A Year Down Yonder"
"Between Shades of Gray" is a story of astonishing force. I feel grateful for a writer like Ruta Sepetys who bravely tells the hard story of what happens to the innocent when world leaders and their minions choose hate and oppression. Beautiful and unforgettable. --Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor winning author of "Hitler Youth "
Sepetys has penned a harrowing and heartbreaking novel. Beautifully written and important. --Harlan Coben, international bestselling author of "Shelter"
Ruta Sepetys" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ruta Sepetys is the author of acclaimed YA novel, Between Shades of Grey. Born and raised in Michigan in a family of Lithuanian descent, Ruta now lives with her husband in Tennessee. Ruta was a highly successful promoter of classical music concerts, booking and touring with orchestras worldwide, before turning to writing full-time. In 2015 Ruta has been awarded The Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious Bellagio Center writing residency, where she will interact with other leading international artists, writers and thinkers.


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We have all read many books telling the horrific story of the suffering inflicted on the Jewish population during WW2, but I wonder how many of us know anything about the millions of innocents murdered on the orders of Stalin. It is certainly something I was only dimly aware of. I know more now. This brilliant new book follows the life of a 15 year old Lithuanian girl, who, along with the rest of her family, is arrested and sent to Siberia following the Russian occupation of her country. They are taken from their warm, comfortable home, transported huge distances in lorries and railway trucks and then made to work on the land in freezing conditions, while receiving little food and sheltering in poorly contructed hovels. It is a bleak and tragic tale, but in the midst of such suffering there are astonishing acts of human kindness, friendships are born and even love manages to blossom. An amazing book. Read it!
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I first heard of Between Shades of Gray during the summer of 2010, and knew immediately after reading the summary that I would like it. Anything set during WWII automatically makes its way onto my bookshelf, and I usually end up loving it. Prime examples are The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Once by Morris Gleitzman and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, which are all brilliant and are on my list of books I never stop talking about. Between Shades of Gray is now also on that list, and I haven't stopped recommending it since I read it. As a debut novel, it's outstanding, and as a piece of WWII literature, it's honest, important and long overdue.

Between Shades of Gray chronicles the life of 15-year-old Lina and her family, who are deported from Lithuania to Siberia at the top of the Arctic Circle. In all my years of personal WWII research, through reading YA and adult fiction and watching numerous films and TV shows, I've never come across anything to do with the Baltic States and their involvement in the war. I don't think it's a story that has been focused on or told much, which is why I think Ruta's book is so significant. I'm almost 24 years old, and until a couple of weeks ago I had no idea that Lithuanian people went through what they did at the hands of the Soviets, and being introduced to this part of the war was like discovering an untold story that has been buried for years.

As I'm sure you can imagine, most of the NKVD officers who travelled with Lina and her fellow prisoners were horrible human beings. They had no qualms with killing or hurting adults and children in their charge, and often saw it as a funny game.
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Lina Vilkas is an ordinary teenage girl living in Lithuania, and her favourite means of expression is drawing; she is a keen artist and admires the artist Edvard Munch. As the novel opens she is sitting writing to her cousin Joana, when in the space of a moment, her life suddenly changes forever. Lithuania and the other Baltic States had fallen under Soviet occupation, and one day in June 1941, Lina, together with her mother Elena and her little brother Jonas, is dragged from her home by Soviet secret police with just a hastily packed suitcase, and taken on a long horrific journey with many others, squashed into train carts like cattle, across Russia to a labour camp in Siberia. Thrown together like this, people forge friendships in the struggle to get by, some more surprising and unlikely than others. Throughout this tortuous ordeal, Lina draws whenever she can, and using whatever makeshift equipment for paper and brushes, but she is determined to try and record the people and places and events, in desperate hope of them somehow reaching her father one day; his whereabouts are unknown to the rest of the family when they are taken.

This is an epic tale of sadness, hardship, and endurance, told from the viewpoint of a young girl with a strong will to survive, and there is such a strength of spirit and determination in the face of the cruelty they suffer. It doesn't seem appropriate to say I `enjoyed' this novel, but it is well-written, very convincingly from Lina's point of view, and tells of an aspect of World War Two that I knew little about, having read much less about region and what happened, than novels featuring Germany, England and France during this period.
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[...] watch it before reading a book.
I am so happy that finally the world has opportunity to know what my nation had to suffer.
Thank you for the author so much-the story is written perfectly!
Thank you,readers, for your comments and please please pass around this book!
Jurgita
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15-year-old Lina's life is turned upside down when she, her mother and her brother are taken from her home in the middle of the night by the Soviet soldiers who have recently invaded Lithuania. All Lina knows is that her father's been separately taken (his fate unknown) and the Soviets have labelled them as thieves and subversives. They're deported to Siberia to work in a labour camp to atone for their "crimes". The guards are brutal. Life is harsh. For sensitive, artistic Lina, the horrors are unimaginable but she continues to hope because hope is all that keeps her and her family alive ...

Ruta Sepetys's debut YA novel is a harrowing, brutal and personal tale of the horrors suffered by the people of the occupied Baltic states at the hands of the Soviet invaders. There are times when it's difficult to read and I think that its impact is very much let down by an abrupt ending, but this is a powerful debut that well deserved its critical reception and deals with a subject that the West is willing to brush under the carpet.

Intelligent and sharp tongued, Lina's a little too fast and free with her opinion in a world where opinions can get you killed. Seen through her eyes, the journey to Siberia and camp life is particularly bleak and it is at times difficult to read the casual cruelty of the guards (which extends to killing children and grief stricken mothers). Her relationship with Andrius, whose mother is bullied into serving as a comfort woman for the guards is fraught with tension with each suspecting the other's motives. I enjoyed the way Sepetys shows the small acts of kindness that sustain them through their hardship.
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