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Between Shades of Gray

Sepetys, Ruta (eBook - 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.
Authors: Sepetys, Ruta
Title: Between shades of gray
[downloadable ebook]
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
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Report This 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • whendragonsfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very sad book

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  • emilyswartzer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch." Lina is a regular 15-year old girl in 1941. One night her family's lives will be changed forever. They are taken by Soviet soldiers and loaded onto a train used for pigs and cattle. Thrown in with many others, it is a very cramped space. Lina sneaks off the train to another section to find her father, who tells them they are headed for Siberia. Weeks or months later, no one knows which, they arrive at their destination. The Soviets are going to sell them as slaves. And they won't stop until they get them all. Lina and her family are worked close to death. They must dig and drag sacks of flour all day in order to get a measly slice of bread. When Lina figures out where her father is, she will bargain with anyone who can help her contact him. Jonas falls ill with scurvy, and Elena, their mother, dies. 12 years later, Jonas and Lina make it back home. Lina burys a note telling of their harsh treatment in hopes that no one will ever endure it again. 41 years later, it is found. An emotional story from world war 2.

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

I got this book at my school's book fair and I have to say it is not like 50 shades of grey. This book is so emotionally gripping I found myself in tears when I was reading it. It changed my views on war.

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  • Legomyeggo33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book! It truly does involve the reader emotionally. This book was extremely well written!

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  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a very interesting book to be read by everyone. A great insight into how people and families survived during time of war.

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  • cm510 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Although this book was written for adolescents, I found it quite interesting. I did not realize that so many from Lithuania were "rounded up", imprisoned and/or killed by the Russians during WWII. I am amazed that anyone could survive the conditions under which they were forced to live. How could anyone be so very cruel to other human beings!?

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  • smartiejeanie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • Legomyeggo33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

'"A wrongdoing doesn't give us the right to do wrong."' Page 311

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  • 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

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  • 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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