Between Shades Of Gray – Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades Of Gray is Ruta Sepetys’ first novel translated into more than thirty languages, which earned her the reputation it deserves. Born and raised in America, Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. She has turned into a book the terrible memories of her family and the many Lithuanians she interviewed. Thanks to this book, you will learn about the suffering of millions of people and hear their voices.


Between Shades Of Gray manages to tell a sad story beautifully. I can say that it is beautiful because the author never missed hope while writing the novel. The readers also feel the hope that kept so many people working as slaves alive under unbearable conditions.

Between Shades Of Gray

It is a sad book; without questions. And the fact that the narrator is only a fifteen-year-old girl adds so much to the story. First of all, I was sorry that I was a human being. I wished I become a butterfly and immediately pass away from this world. Because such horrible events are still happening, we cannot do anything. While I was reading the book, it struck me that some of the things I read were real, and I. felt desperate, I wanted to end it all.

If you want to read a powerful book about war, this may be a good choice. Please read this book and gift it to someone young. Enjoy!

Between Shades Of Gray - Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades Of Gray

One night fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and young brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards, thrown into cattle cars and sent away. They are being deported to Siberia.

An unimaginable and harrowing journey has begun. Lina doesn’t know if she’ll ever see her father or her friends again. But she refuses to give up hope.

Lina hopes for her family.
For her country.
For her future and love – first love, with the boy she barely knows but knows she does not want to lose . . .
Will hope keep Lina alive?

Set in 1941, Between Shades of Gray, is an extraordinary and haunting story based on first-hand family accounts and memories from survivors.

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is a Lithuanian-American writer of historical fiction. As an author, she is a #1 New York Times bestseller, international bestseller, and winner of the Carnegie Medal.

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