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  • Published: 23 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742532172
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

Between Shades Of Gray


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A long overdue voice for the hundreds of thousands of Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians who will never have the chance to tell their stories.

Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?
That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.

It is 1941 and fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school and looking forward to summer.  Then suddenly, her life is changed forever.  One night, the Soviet secret police invade her home and forcibly remove Lina, her mother and brother, transporting them via cattle trucks from familiar Lithuania to remote Siberia.  The conditions are horrific, the genocide unseen and thousands of lives are lost.

In this dramatic and moving story, Lina must fight for her life and for the lives of those around her.  Her harrowing journey and incredible strength of spirit will steal your breath, capture your heart and give you hope.

  • Pub date: 23 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742532172
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a loving houshold, enjoyed her school years and bravely stepped into the world when she left home for Paris, France to live and work. She has her roots in a completely different medium, that of music and It was only when she visited relatives in Lithuania that she discovered a family history that was seemingly hidden, and realised that there was a personal story to tell of a cataclysmic event in European history that is not commonly known.

Between Shades of Gray is a story that is both poignant and extraordinary. It is both difficult to read, because it is so painful and so personal, and also uplifting - to discover the joy and spirit of the Lithuanian people.

Ruta Sepetys now lives in Tennessee with her family, enjoys their company and that of her friends and is passionate about the arts and truth.

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