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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Sep 02, 11

bookshelves: bpl-mock-printz-2012
Read in September, 2011

Harrowing tale of a family arrested by Stalin's forces and sent to a "camp" where they face awful conditions and the threat of death every day.

This book is one of the only young adult titles I know that discusses what Stalin did to the Baltic nations. The book is well-written and the character of Lina is inspiring.

I felt that most of the characters weren't well-rounded - the bald man is always so angry and bitter; the mother is almost a saint. However, the message of hope, perseverance and overcoming a terrible situation tends to supersede any flaws.

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