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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Mar 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, teen, war, morone
Read from April 05 to 06, 2011

Sepetys crafted a heart-wrenching story that illuminates a rarely discussed piece of history - one that I knew nothing about. Many books, films, and music have been created to memorialize the millions of Jews from throughout Europe were killed and deported under Hitler's Nazi rule, but did you know that more than 1/3 of the population of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia died under Stalin's Soviet regime?

Lina, her younger brother Jonas, and her mother are deported along with thousands of others deemed "anti-Soviet". They are forced into cattle cars to begin a horrendous journey which eventually ends in a desolate village in Siberia. The characters in this book are human and therefore flawed. Some are selfish, rude, and weak, but most show strength, compassion, and the desire to retain their dignity.

This would be a great recommendation for students interested in historical fiction, especially World War II and the Jewish Holocaust.

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