Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

Book - 2011
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In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death 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: YA FICTION SEPETYS
Characteristics: 344 p

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 25, 2019

I am an absolute fan of WW2 books. I’ve read many WW2 romances and this book definitely holds up to be one of the best. The setting of the book is during 1941 and starts off with Lina and her family being pulled away from their Lithuanian home. Her father gets sent to a prison camp, so she has to figure out what to do for her family. But she meets a boy and that’s when things change. This book is a heart aching book. The romance is amazing. I can almost relate it to a book called “ Wait for me” by Caroline Leech, it has such high detail of suspense and ephiany so you don’t know what’s coming. 4/5 Stars. @momo of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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blue_bee_2537
Mar 13, 2019

One of my favorite books ever, it really is an amazing book.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 13, 2019

Really loved this book and it's story because I personally have never heard about this side of the war before.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 13, 2019

Really loved this book and it's story because I personally have never heard about this side of the war before.

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robinandrews10
Feb 12, 2019

What a beautifully written historical fiction novel. I love all the novels Ruta has written!

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joel122
Dec 27, 2018

This book was really, really good, but some of my favorite characters died. Overall, though, it was such a sad and moving story. I didn't know much about this time of history, but I sure learned a lot about the horrors of that time period before WWII. It was kind of sad, but it did have just enough hope to keep me moving. I mean, did her father ever really die? Well, I still thought that this was a beautiful story, and I did like it a lot. I recommend this to people who liked "The Book Thief" or "The Diary of Anne Frank".

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keekers5
Aug 10, 2018

This book had its ups and downs. For one thing, I definitely enjoyed the beautiful and intriguing writing style and storyline. It puts in perspective just how terrible the world can be. What I found interesting is that the world isn’t really aware of what happened before WW2. The Second World War and all the gruesome things that happened in it is known very well by this generation. But it’s funny how the Soviet era was as brutal and right before World War Two but still we don’t realize how bad it really was. What I loved about this book was how much it made you feel. It was a quick read yet it left you sobbing. I love books that make you feel things. However, I feel like too many people died that you would grow attached to. I know it’s realistic that way and I appreciate that but at the same time I feel that maybe less important people in the story could have died? Overall, I think this book was beautiful.

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susan_findlay
Aug 06, 2018

I read this for my book club; otherwise, I don't know that I'd have been likely to encounter it. For that, I'm grateful. This book tells a story that I think everyone should read. The journey of a girl and her family deported from Lithuania as part of the Soviet takeover - treated like animals and slaves. While the characters are fictional, this story was lived by millions yet I don't ever remember learning about it in any of my history classes (which were very much focused on North America).

The characters are well developed. The narrative voice is genuine. The story is horrifying.

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Mya614
Apr 12, 2018

Beautifully written about a dark moment in history. Did not know about this part of World War ll.
Was easily intrigued with the story and the characters.

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TheOneKidJeffy98
Mar 17, 2018

I remember reading this book in 3 days tops, and I'm not the type of person to read because I don't necessarily enjoy it. But this book was so amazing and I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone that loves a good book about those who have survived WWII and the concentration camps. I was in 10th grade when my dad's girlfriend got me this book and my best friend told me to read it. I knew it had to be good when my best friend told me to read it because she herself never liked to read. Such a wonderful book that'll make you ask yourself "what will happen next?" I cried at the end because I was so happy for what had happened to the author of the book. So please, give this book a try and whatever you do, DO NOT REGRET READING IT BECAUSE IT IS SIMPLY... AMAZING!!!

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UnwrittenMadness
Jul 16, 2015

“Better that he gets used to it,' he said.
Used to what, the feeling of uncontrolled anger? Or a sadness so deep, like your very core has been hollowed out and fed back to you from a dirty bucket?”

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UnwrittenMadness
Jul 16, 2015

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

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22950008513780
Jul 04, 2014

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

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kieshia
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

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AngelFire101
Aug 02, 2013

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

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Legomyeggo33
Aug 02, 2013

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

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Legomyeggo33
Aug 02, 2013

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

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Legomyeggo33
Aug 02, 2013

"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."

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UnwrittenMadness
Jun 23, 2015

15 year old Lina and her family are suddenly taken from their home by Soviets. Lina, along with her brother and mother are sent to Siberia to work on collective farms while her father is sent to a prison camp. This story follows her struggle to communicate with her father through her drawings, and to keep hope and stay alive even though her has been destroyed.

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zunairaf
Jun 06, 2015

Between Shades of Grey is an amazing book about a 15 year old girl in 1941, when a group of Russian officers take her, her mother Elena, her brother Jonas to a railway station with hundreds of others. they were loaded in huge train cars to be deported, but no one knew where.
One night, Lina slips away and finds her father, who believes that they are going to Serbia. lina never sees her father ever again.
Lina and the others are soon in a prison camp that becomes thire home for 10 mouths in Traciak. They are forced to share a tiny hut with a grouchy women who always asked for rent, basically whenever she felt like it. Lina's life becomes a bit better when a boy named Andrius steps in her life to share her countless problems. Lina and the others work hard for hours, gaining only 300 grams of dried bread to survive on. After 10 mouths, the russian officers made groups by dividing some of the people to be sent to the Arctic Circle. Lina Elena and Jonas are on the list, but not Andrius.
Buildings or even huts are not provided for the prisoners in the Arctic, who are forced to build their own shelter with what ever they could find there. Everyday People died. One day, even Jonas got the scurvy and finally help had arrived! A doctor had been alerted about the horrible conditions here and demanded healthcare and food for all the prisoners.
At the End, Lina writes a letter and her drawings in 1954, which is then found in 1995. In this letter, she says she buried her writings ans drawings with hope that someone will find find them so the world will know what happened to 1000s of people like her. She hopes that by sharing this knowledge, these kinds of events shall never be repeated.

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hibah0_0
May 20, 2015

Fifteen year-old Lina and her family are ordinary just like any other Lithuanian family in 1941. One night Soviet officers barge into their house and forced them into train cars. There she meets new friends but is separated from her father. Lina is also an aspiring artist and tries to get a message across to her father. Will they survive these cruel conditions and will their hopes keep them alive?

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22950008513780
Jul 04, 2014

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.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

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
Aug 02, 2013

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

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Legomyeggo33
Aug 02, 2013

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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GCPL_Teen Jun 28, 2017

Sexual Content: While not discussed in detail, there is sexual violence towards female prisoners.

GCPL_Teen Jun 28, 2017

Violence: This book features wartime violence towards political prisoners.

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22950008513780
Jul 04, 2014

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

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22950008513780
Jul 04, 2014

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

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