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is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She
paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet
officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable
life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and
dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make
their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the
coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders,
to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of
finds solace in her art, meticulously-and at great risk-documenting
events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her
father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long
and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it
is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately
survives. BetweenShades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ruta Sepetys grew up hearing stories
of her father's childhood as a Lithuanian refugee. Realizing this was a
story never told in a novel for young adults, Ruta decided to tell it
herself. When not writing, Ruta works in the music industry. Between Shades of Gray is her first novel. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.