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Between Shades of Gray

Sepetys, Ruta (eBook - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Sepetys, Ruta
Title: Between shades of gray
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Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource (344 p.) :,maps
Statement of Responsibility: Ruta Sepetys
Summary: 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.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Branch Call Number: Downloadable ebook
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1112 KB)
Subject Headings: Soviet Union History 1925-1953 Fiction Siberia (Russia) History 20th century Fiction Lithuania History Soviet occupation, 1940-1941 Fiction Survival Fiction Labor camps Fiction Teenage girls Lithuania Fiction
Genre/Form: Downloadable ebook
Historical fiction
Electronic books
Young adult fiction
Autobiographical fiction
Topical Term: Survival
Labor camps
Teenage girls
Additional Physical Form Entry: Print version: Sepetys, Ruta. Between shades of gray. New York : Philomel Books, 2011 9780399254123 (DLC) 2009050092 (OCoLC)499127912
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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

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.

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

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

May 08, 2014
  • LaughingOne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Here is a story about another part of what happened during World War II: Russia taking over nearby small countries like Lithuania and Latvia, Finland. People were put on lists that meant they might be dissidents or spies (for sometimes ridiculous reasons like being able to read). The people on the lists were rounded up and taken to "camps" as far away as Siberia above the Arctic Circle. This story is mostly told through the eyes of teenager Lina. While there is some disturbing violence, even more disturbing is how the captives are slowly worn down and start to believe they are worthless, nothing, less than nothing. I didn't know about this part of WW2. The book made me think, always a good thing.

Mar 24, 2014
  • smartiejeanie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

OMG one of the best books EVER! sometimes kind of disturbing actually but otherwise its so beautifully written and i loved it!!! totally recommend it

Feb 16, 2014
  • ThinkerReader rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A book that was hard, and kind of disturbing. But good, necessary?, history to know.

Will some of us experience this? Will the rest of us hid behind curtains watching? Good questions to think through...

This was the best book ever!! really heart touching. Everyone should read this book cuz its super

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

This isn't really the kind of book one enjoys, but it is a well-written story and a story that needs to be told. As the author pointed out in the epilogue, even after deportees were released, the KGB did not allow them to tell anyone what they experienced in the gulags. Lina and her family's story is moving, but still, this story lacks the visceral punch of books like Night or Maus.

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

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Jul 09, 2014
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Jul 04, 2014
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Jun 26, 2014
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Mar 24, 2014
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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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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"

"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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