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Between shades of gray a novel

by Sepetys, Ruta.

Format: Book on CD 2011
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Young Adult YA CD BOOK FIC SEP
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Young Adult
Whitehall Public Library Teen AudioBook YABOCD Sepetys
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Teen AudioBook
Call Number  YABOCD Sepetys
Arrested by Soviet police and sent to Siberia, fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas and her family must fight to stay alive. At a prison camp, Lina struggles to maintain her integrity without losing all hope in mankind. However, when her father is sentenced to death, Lina promises herself she will write everything about her experience there and honor her family and fellow Lithuanians by burying the story in Lithuanian ground.

Unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 hours
Read by TBA
A powerful and haunting debut novel about a little-known slice of history.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Sepetys' first novel offers a harrowing and horrifying account of the forcible relocation of countless Lithuanians in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country in 1939. In the case of 16-year-old Lina, her mother, and her younger brother, this means deportation to a forced-labor camp in Siberia, where conditions are all too painfully similar to those of Nazi concentration camps. Lina's great hope is that somehow her father, who has already been arrested by the Soviet secret police, might find and rescue them. A gifted artist, she begins secretly creating pictures that can she hopes be surreptitiously sent to him in his own prison camp. Whether or not this will be possible, it is her art that will be her salvation, helping her to retain her identity, her dignity, and her increasingly tenuous hold on hope for the future. Many others are not so fortunate. Sepetys, the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee, estimates that the Baltic States lost more than one-third of their populations during the Russian genocide. Though many continue to deny this happened, Sepetys' beautifully written and deeply felt novel proves the reality is otherwise. Hers is an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Through the pained yet resilient narration of 15-year-old Lina, a gifted artist, this taut first novel tells the story of Lithuanians deported and sent to Siberian work camps by Stalin during WWII. From the start, Sepetys makes extensive use of foreshadowing to foster a palpable sense of danger, as soldiers wrench Lina's family from their home. The narrative skillfully conveys the deprivation and brutality of conditions, especially the cramped train ride, unrelenting hunger, fears about family members' safety, impossible choices, punishing weather, and constant threats facing Lina, her mother, and her younger brother. Flashbacks, triggered like blasts of memory by words and events, reveal Lina's life before and lay groundwork for the coming removal. Lina's romance with fellow captive Andrius builds slowly and believably, balancing some of the horror. A harrowing page-turner, made all the more so for its basis in historical fact, the novel illuminates the persecution suffered by Stalin's victims (20 million were killed), while presenting memorable characters who retain their will to survive even after more than a decade in exile. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Labor camps -- Juvenile fiction.
Survival -- Juvenile fiction.
Labor camps -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Lithuania -- History -- Soviet occupation, 1940-1941 -- Juvenile fiction.
Siberia (Russia) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953 -- Juvenile fiction.
Lithuania -- History -- Soviet occupation, 1940-1941 -- Fiction.
Siberia (Russia) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953 -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Penguin Audio,2011
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Klein, Emily (Actress), narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Emily Klein.
Language English
Notes Subtitle from container.
Includes an interview with the author.
Compact discs.
Duration: 8:00:00.
Description 7 audio discs (approximately 8 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780142428979
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