384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in
April 3, 2012
Penguin Young Readers Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 014242059X
ISBN - 13: 9780142420591
About the Book
Sepetys presents a powerful and haunting novel based on a little-known real-life event in history. OIn terrifying detail, Ruta Sepetys re-creates a World War II coming-of-age all too timely today. "Between Shades of Gray" is a document long overdue.O--Newbery Medalist Richard Peck.
Read from the Book
Chapter 1:They took me in my nightgown.Thinking back, the signs were there—family photos burned in the fireplace, Mother sewing her best silver and jewelry into the lining of her coat late at night, and Papa not returning from work. My younger brother, Jonas, was asking questions. I asked questions, too, but perhaps I refused to acknowledge the signs. Only later did I realize that Mother and Father intended we escape. We did not escape.We were taken.June 14, 1941. I had changed into my nightgown and settled in at my desk to write my cousin Joana a letter. I opened a new ivory writing tablet and a case of pens and pencils, a gift from my aunt for my fifteenth birthday.The evening breeze floated through the open window over my desk, waltzing the curtain from side to side. I could smell the lily of the valley that Mother and I had planted two years ago. Dear Joana.It wasn’t a knocking. It was an urgent booming that made me jump in my chair. Fists pounded on our front door. No one stirred inside the house. I left my desk and peered out into the hallway. My mother stood flat against the wall facing our framed map of Lithuania, her eyes closed and her face pulled with an anxiety I had never seen. She was praying.“Mother,” said Jonas, only one of his eyes visible through the crack in his door, “are you going to open it? It sounds as if they might break it down.”Mother’s head turned to see both Jonas and me peering out of our rooms. She attempted a forced smile. “Yes, darling. I will
From the Publisher
"Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."--The Washington Post
A New York Times notable book
An International Bestseller
A Carnegie Medal Nominee
Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life--until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?
A moving and haunting novel for readers of The Book Thief
About the Author
Ruta Sepetys (www.rutasepetys.com) was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. Her award-winning debut novel, Between Shades of Gray was inspired by her family's history in Lithuania and is published in 40 countries. Her New York Times bestselling novel, Out of the Easy is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. A historical tale of secrets and lies, Out of the Easy is a story of identity, family, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny. Ruta lives with her family in Tennessee.
Praise for Between Shades of Gray:“A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch.”--The New York Times Book Review“Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.”--The Washington Post"Beautiful…a superb though grueling novel.”--The Wall Street Journal“An eye-opening reimagination of a very real tragedy written with grace and heart.”--Los Angeles Times“An engrossing and poignant story of the fortitude of the human spirit in a dark time in Lithuanian history.”--Associated Press “Brave Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in.”--Entertainment Weekly “Please read this small window into a tragedy.”--NPR“Beautifully written and researched, it captures the devastation of war while celebrating the will to survive.”--Family Circle * “A harrowing page-turner.”--Publishers Weekly, starred review* “A gripping story.”--School Library Journal, starred review* “Bitterly sad, fluidly written…Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers.”--Kirkus, starred review* "Beautifully written and deeply felt…an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.”--Booklist, starred review“A haunting chronicle, demonstrating that even in the heart of darkness ‘love is the most powerful army.'”--The Horn Book Magazine“Stalin deported and murdered millions, but he could not destroy the seeds of memory, compassion, and art that they left behind. From those seeds, Ruta Septeys has crafted a brilliant story of love and survival that will keep t