Posted in 2011-2012 Club, Newbery Picks

Between Shades of Gray, by 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.


Find it at WCPL



4 thoughts on “Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys

  1. This was an amazing book. The book was well written. I could not put this book down. The plot drew me in to the story and I felt I was right next to the characters experiencing their stuggles with them. I grew close to the main character thoughout the story. The characters all developed well and the detail, (not so much that it makes the story slow,) made you feel what was happening was real. This definetly could be a Newbery book. But I think that this is not a book for young readers. I would recomend this book for middle school and early high school ages.

  2. i love this book so so so so so so so much. i thought the plot was engaging, the characters weren’t some utopian species, they were really realistic, and so was the setting. Most people don’t know about this and what happened to people like Lina. This is surely gonna win!!! 🙂 i agree with Rebekah, this book is not for younger kids, thought it doesn’t have anything inappropriate. Younger kids just might not get the concept, or certain things.

  3. I feel that this book really gives you a feel of who the character is and what she is going through. the author tells the story in such a way that makes you feel as if you are digging holes by her side and having to suffer through the hardships of the work camps.

    However tiptopreads it does have one fairly inappropriate scene which is the shower scene

  4. This was one of the other books in my top 3. The characters were amazing and the plot was great. The author had a great writing style and a good cliff hanger technique that caused you to continue to guess at what is really going on

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