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Between Shades of Gray af Ruta Sepetys
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Between Shades of Gray (udgave 2012)

af Ruta Sepetys (Forfatter)

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In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.… (mere)
Medlem:libshea
Titel:Between Shades of Gray
Forfattere:Ruta Sepetys (Forfatter)
Info:Speak (2012), 384 pages
Samlinger:Borrowed, Læser for øjeblikket
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Nøgleord:Historical Fiction, Juvenile Fiction

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Between Shades of Gray af Ruta Sepetys

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    The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia af Esther Hautzig (keristars)
    keristars: "The Endless Steppe" is also a children's book about the exile of Russian Jews to Siberia during WW2.
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    Anne Franks dagbog : den uforkortede originaludgave : optegnelser fra baghuset 12. juni 1942-1. august 1944 af Anne Frank (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: Great stories of hope and survival in the face of brutality and genocide
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    Playing for the Commandant af Suzy Zail (joyfulgirl)
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    Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag af Janusz Bardach (fountainoverflows)
    fountainoverflows: A well-written and extraordinary memoir of a man's survival of the gulag. His story also starts in Lithuania during WW2.
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    Leave Your Tears in Moscow af Barbara Armonas (fountainoverflows)
    fountainoverflows: A book which Sepetys alludes to in her author's note and from which she drew some of the incidents that appear in Between Shades of Gray. An important historical document.
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    The Road of Bones af Anne Fine (celerydog)
    celerydog: challenging WW2 YA read
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    Forgotten Fire af Adam Bagdasarian (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In these deeply moving novels based on grim historical facts, teenage girls exiled from their homes do backbreaking work in labor camps, one in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and the other in Siberia, while fighting hunger, illness, and despair… (mere)
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It was good to expand my reading of historical fiction by reading a story that starts in Lithuania in June of 1941. This book explores the journey of young Lina Vilkas (15 years old), her younger brother Jonas, and their mother, as they are pulled from their home by the Soviet secret police (NKVD) and taken into cattle cars with other Lithuanians to labor camps in Siberia. Their father, a university professor was already deported to a prison camp and they are unsure where he is or if they will see him.
As we are taken on this journey with Lina and her family, we meet others in the same situation, all fighting for their lives and clinging to hope. Lina was preparing for art school and brought some art supplies. Throughout the book, she reflects on past memories to sustain her through the hard times. She also secretly relies on her art skills to process what is happening and keep a record of the people and the atrocities. Lina also creates art to try to communicate with her father. The book follows Lina and her time in the labor camps for 12 years and shares the story of the Soviet occupation of the land. I was shocked to learn about the thousands of people forced out of the Baltic states because they were deemed enemies of the state.

The author, Ruta Septys, does a fabulous job sharing lesser-known historical events through her books. Between Shades of Gray has personal significance, as her grandfather was in the Lithuanian army and her grandparents and father fled the country. I'm grateful for the author's telling of a forgotten and unique story that I definitely never learned about in school. The historical context is fascinating and the plot and characters moved the story forward in a way that made me not want to put it down. It was sad, but an emotional and valuable read. ( )
  bevsmev | Jul 2, 2024 |
This is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel - and I am so very glad that I read it! In 1939, Lina is just 15 years old when her family is deported from their home in Lithuania and forced to spend years working in labor camps in Siberia, where the conditions were similar to Nazi concentration camps. Despite the devastating circumstances, she amazingly manages to retain her identity, her dignity, her hope for a future of freedom, and even manages to find love. Haunting, horrific, and simply beautiful, this is a book that will be appreciated by teens and adults alike. Highly recommend. ( )
  kdegour23 | May 29, 2024 |
Lina, her younger brother, and her mother are taken from their home one night - while Lina is still in her nightgown - charged as criminals, and crammed into train cars where they deal with filth, starvation, and disease for weeks. Some who begin the trip with them do not survive. Lina's father was taken while he was at work, and the family is desperate for news of his whereabouts and try to find him, or at least find news about him, on neighboring train cars at great risk - they could be killed for sneaking off their own car. When they are finally deposited on a beet farm, they perform backbreaking labor for a few grams of bread each day. Some of the guards also take pleasure in tormenting them - making the prisoners think they are about to be murdered. They live like this for months. Lina, a budding artist, never gives up hope that her father will find his way to them. She does some things I wanted to yell, "Stop! Are you crazy?!" at her for doing, but she's young and desperate to reach out to her father. Throughout their entire ordeal she draws pictures and writes about the people who are sharing their experiences in order to document what is happening to them - and also to leave a sort of trail of breadcrumbs for her father to follow to find them. She passes on a handkerchief, letters, and pieces of wood onto which she has encrypted messages within her artwork, hoping they will eventually find their way to her father.

Eventually, the prisoners end up in Siberia where they labor by building, cutting wood, and fishing for the soldiers who are living in warm buildings with plenty of food while the prisoners live in mud huts that barely keep out any wind or cold and survive on scant bread rations. Cold, disease, and starvation claim the lives of many. Some prisoners also begin to lose their senses - others lose hope. Lina, however, shows great determination and spirit, even in the face of such tragedy.

The ending wraps things up very quickly and I would have liked the epilogue to have given more information about what happened to all the characters into which I had become so invested while reading. However, the whole novel was a very engrossing read - even as it was upsetting to read how inhumane man can be to man.

Although these particular characters are fictional, this is as upsetting a recounting of some of the things that happened to people during this time as was [b:Night|1617|Night |Elie Wiesel|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1311999832s/1617.jpg|265616], which I first read years ago. ( )
  clamagna | Apr 4, 2024 |
Ruta Sepetys never fails to deliver an amazing book. Another piece of history that I knew very little about. In 1940, the Soviet Union occupied the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. It's estimated that Stalin killed more than twenty million people during his reign of terror. ( )
  Dianekeenoy | Feb 5, 2024 |
This book is wonderful. Its hurt my heart but I can feel hopes from the book. ( )
  moilady | Feb 2, 2024 |
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Hope Morrison (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, May 2011 (Vol. 64, No. 9))
This harrowing novel recalls the systematic deportation of thousands of Lithuanians following the Soviet invasion of their country in 1939. Fifteen-year-old Lina, along with her mother and younger brother, is taken during the night and shipped off on a freight car for a six-week journey to a labor camp in Siberia. After spending nearly a year there, her family is again deported, this time to a frigid outpost in the northernmost region of Siberia, where survival seems unlikely. Conditions in the camps are horrendous, with inmates forced to perform hard labor in exchange for bread rations and denied the basic necessities of warmth, shelter, and sanitation. Abuse at the hands of the NKVD (Soviet police) is abundant, and horrific acts of violence punctuate the narrative. A talented artist, Lina draws for an outlet—; more importantly, she creates pictures full of coded information that she hopes will somehow get to her father, who is suspected to be in a Soviet prison. Lina’s voice offers a careful balance of emotional engagement and factual summary, providing a compelling account of this seldom-told chapter of history. The novel provides a testament to the power of community, as the deportees keep one another strong through the most traumatic events and hold on to their will to survive in the direst of survival situations. Readers will want to know more at the end, since an epilogue suggests that Lina survived and returned to Lithuania but leaves many questions unanswered; ultimately, however, this is a powerful story that deserves extensive reading and discussion. An author’s note, encouraging readers to learn more about the events in the book, is included. Review Code: R -- Recommended. (c) Copyright 2006, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2011, Philomel, 344p., $17.99. Grades 8-12.

tilføjet af kthomp25 | RedigerBulletin of the Center for Children’s Books,, Hope Morrison
 
Judy Brink-Drescher (VOYA, April 2011 (Vol. 34, No. 1))
Up until the night the Russian military pounded on her door, fifteen-year-old Lina lived a nearly idyllic life. She had recently been accepted to a prestigious art school and was told she had a very promising future. Now, men speaking a strange language are telling her mother that the family is being deported from their Lithuanian homeland. Without knowing the precise whereabouts of their father, Lina, her mother, and brother soon find themselves packed into a cattle car with many other frightened countrymen. With the help of sixteen-year-old Andrius, Lina discovers her father is on the same train but bound for a different destination. She decides to document all she can in images so he can find them later. Unbeknownst to anyone, many would not survive this trip, and those that did would end up in Siberian labor camps. It was also under these circumstances that Lina and Andrius discover the true meaning of family, love, and loss. In the shadow of the Holocaust, many might be unfamiliar with Stalin’s orchestrated genocide of the Baltic States. The first deportations began in 1941; many were unable to return to their homeland until the mid-1950s. Sepetys’s father and many of her relatives were among those who either managed to escape into refugee camps or were deported or imprisoned. In her debut novel, Sepetys offers both a compelling love story and a well-researched historical chronicle. The themes throughout this novel are mature, and therefore the book is recommended for high school and above. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2011, Philomel, 352p., $17.99. Ages 15 to 18.

tilføjet af kthomp25 | RedigerVOYA, Judy Brink-Drescher
 

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In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.

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