BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
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.