Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
(Speak, 2012, 352 pages)
Ruta Sepetys does an incredible job captivating the reader with this story. Between Shades of Gray talks about an aspect of World War II that is often overlooked: when the people of Lithuania were captured and sent to work camps in Siberia. Our protagonist, Lina, is a 15 year old artist who is deported with her mother and younger brother, Jonas. She does what she can to keep her spirits up and to stay close to her family. She also tries to get messages to her father (who was taken elsewhere) through coded drawings and letters passed along to other prisoners.
I was so engrossed in this book! Even though it’s marketed as a YA title it definitely has wide appeal. I definitely recommend it – but not if you’re looking for something lighthearted…