Between Shades of Gray

Sepetys, Ruta

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Between Shades of Gray
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In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.

Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780399254123
0399254129
Branch Call Number: y SEPETYS 2011
Characteristics: 344 p. :,maps ;,22 cm

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When teenager Lina and her family are ripped from their home in 1940s Lithuania, it's only the beginning of a terrible journey that will take her to a labor camp in Siberia as part of Stalin's forced relocation program.
(7th & 8th graders)

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life. This book is based on the author's family, and includes a historical note. gr. 8+

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in... Read More »

(Gr 8 & Up) "When teenager Lina and her family are ripped from their home in 1940s Lithuania, it's only the beginning of a terrible journey that will take her to a labor camp in Siberia as part of Stalin's forced relocation program. Moving, edifying, and quietly beautiful, Sepetys's wel... Read More »

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in... Read More »


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Mar 19, 2015
  • MGFaith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel was so beautiful. I have been recommending this book to everyone I know. I think everyone should know about the Soviets and their evil deeds.

Feb 13, 2015
  • Emmaaa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely adored this book! It is so powerful and beautifully written. I loved all of the characters, and the story is worth hearing! I will definitely be reading this again!

Jan 14, 2015
  • becker rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a really amazing story but I didn't care at all for the writing which I found more suitable for a child.

Oct 18, 2014

It is as cruel and unlucky as you expect from the time, nothing being glossed over, fitting with the author's precise and strong writing style. The epilogue was a titch incomplete, though it left the sense that all that should have been said was said.

Oct 17, 2014

This book is so awesome. I just couldn't stop reading, This is book is so powerful (in my opinion). Made me have an emotional break down.

Jul 09, 2014
  • AlphaVeil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this book, for it is based upon historical fiction. Though what I especially enjoyed about this particular book, that stands out from numerous others, is the fact that the main character, Lina, remains completely calm even in the most intense situations. The plot also takes place in cold, almost-uninhabitable areas, such as, for example, Siberia. I would definitely read this particular book over and over :)

Jul 04, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

this book was kind of disturbing but has a story worth hearing

Jun 23, 2014

Sorry! I couldn't finish it. I guess the book wasn't for me. But from the parts that I DID read, it was very well written so you can imagine the setting.

Jun 22, 2014

this book really touched my heart about how many people she lost and how she survived these tough times

Jun 03, 2014

I did not think I would enjoy it since it was for school and ended up loving it. O ne of the best books ever written. Thank-you Ruta Sepetys

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Aug 11, 2014
  • ANNA TRAN NGUYEN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ANNA TRAN NGUYEN thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 09, 2014
  • blue_panther_65 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

blue_panther_65 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99

Jul 04, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Jun 26, 2014
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Jun 03, 2014

kieshia thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

Mar 24, 2014
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Jul 31, 2013
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Mar 13, 2013
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Nov 30, 2012
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Sep 03, 2012
  • Hannah03 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 04, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch"

Jun 03, 2014

"Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?
That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch."
Page 27

Aug 02, 2013
  • AngelFire101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?"

Aug 02, 2013
  • Legomyeggo33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

'"A wrongdoing doesn't give us the right to do wrong."'

Page 311

Aug 02, 2013
  • Legomyeggo33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

'"One day, someone will catch your eye, Lina, and hopefully when it happens, you won't be so critical."'

Page 139

Aug 02, 2013
  • Legomyeggo33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We'd been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean. I realized that if we boosted one another, maybe we'd get a little closer."

Page 307

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Jul 04, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Lina is a victim of the Russian prison camps in Siberia, She has done nothing wrong but is forced into years of imprisonment and hard work. She is a passionate artist who struggles to contact her father through her art.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It is Lithuania in the 1930's, and Lina Vilkas and her family have been arrested by the Soviet police. Rounded up without warning in the middle of the night, she, her mother and her younger brother are separated from her father and stuffed into a cattle car to be taken to Siberia. Through the following years of privation, hunger, hardship and brutality, Lina and her family strive to hold on to their dignity and goodness.

Aug 02, 2013
  • AngelFire101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lina must be strong for her family and herself while struggling with her world falling a part around her.

Aug 02, 2013
  • Legomyeggo33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This story depicts the struggle of fictional characters in camps and prisons. Lina, her mother, and her brother, Jonas, are separated from her father. They strive to survive in the hopes of returning home.

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Jul 04, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: has some very mature scenes with cruelty towards children

Jul 04, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: has rape, a prostitute, and a man groping a young girls breast

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