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2011 April 7
by prgiff

I’ve just read Ruta Septys’s first book for young people, BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY. Not only is it beautifully written, but it’s such a powerful story that I can’t stop thinking about it.
Set in 1941, the subject is Stalin’s cleansing of the Baltic region. Lina, the protagonist, is deported from Lithuania with her mother and brother. The terrible trip to Siberia, the cruelty of one person to another, is so vivid, so powerful, and so dreadful. But Lina’s strength, her mother’s incredible kindness, her brother’s love, give this book hope.
What an important story this is, not only for young people but for all readers. I want to reach out to this author, to thank her…and to hope that we’ll be hearing more from her soon.

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  1. Carol Carbin permalink
    April 8, 2011

    I purchased Between the Shades of Gray last night. I read your blog and rave review yesterday and thought it sounded like a very unique read. After hearing you discuss it last night, I was sold. Thank you for your inspiring talk and your support of the teaching profession.

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