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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.

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    March 23, 2011

    Penguin eBooks

    352 pages

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