Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys sparks a journey back into a darker time when millions were deported and died under Stalin’s regime. She re-created in rich palette a coming of age tale underneath the shadow of World War II.
Fifteen-year-old Lina will steal your heart as she struggles to retain her strength, love and hope each day. The novel passes between memories of happier times and her present full of depravity and personal courage.
Lina doesn’t discard her love of art. She risks much to keep drawing and documenting the events that unfold around her. Her journey to Siberia polishes a maturity and a deeper compassion within this life-like character. This book could on the shelf beside The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy In The Striped Pajamas bridging the gap between truth and fiction.