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Ruta Sepetys

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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Winner of the Carnegie Medal.
Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. The daughter of a refugee, Ruta is drawn to underrepresented stories of strength through struggle and hopes to give voice to those who weren't able to tell their story. Her award-winning historical novels are published in over fifty countries and have received over forty literary prizes.

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Ruta Sepetys Hi Elise!

My new book is set in Spain during the 1950's and reveals unknown history related to the Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco. I'm hard at…more
Hi Elise!

My new book is set in Spain during the 1950's and reveals unknown history related to the Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco. I'm hard at work researching it! :)(less)
Ruta Sepetys Hi Suzanne!

Thank you for reading both "Between Shades of Gray" and "Out of the Easy!" I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Yes, I'm finishing a third book…more
Hi Suzanne!

Thank you for reading both "Between Shades of Gray" and "Out of the Easy!" I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Yes, I'm finishing a third book right now. I can't wait for you to read it! It's another WWII story and it will be published in summer or fall of 2015. -Ruta(less)
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My New Novel – The Fountains of Silence

Hello Goodreads Readers!

I’m so grateful for your support and wanted to share some exciting news!

My new novel, The Fountains of Silence , will soon be available and I can’t wait to share it with you. The book will be released October 1st in the U.S. and October 3rd in the UK. I will post additional international release dates as soon as I have them!

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Mrs. Miniver Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther by Jan Struther
The Times columns were short reflections on everyday life, based in part on Struther's own family and experiences. While the columns started out as lighthearted domestic scenes where the outside world barely intruded, the approach of World War II slowly brought darker global concerns into Mrs. Miniver's world. One of the more memorable pieces appears near the middle of the series, where the Minivers get gas masks.
 
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City of Thieves City of Thieves by David Benioff by David Benioff
During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
 
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The One Man The One Man by Andrew Gross by Andrew Gross
1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendl is separated from his family and sent to the men’s camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life’s work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge. Knowledge that could start a war, or end it.
 
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Salt to the Sea Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys by Ruta Sepetys
Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
 
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Lilac Girls Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly by Martha Hall Kelly
Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.
 
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Broken Angels Broken Angels by Gemma Liviero by Gemma Liviero
A Nazi doctor. A Jewish rebel. A little girl. Each one will fight for freedom—or die trying.
 
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Mischling Mischling by Affinity Konar by Affinity Konar
A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is boundlessly original, Mischling defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.
 
  1 vote 6.7%

Sarah's Key Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay by Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
 
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War Brides War Brides by Helen Bryan by Helen Bryan
With war threatening to spread from Europe to England, the sleepy village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. Nightly air raids become grimly mundane. The tightening vice of rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge an unlikely bond of friendship that will change their lives forever.
 
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The Safest Place in London The Safest Place in London by Maggie Joel by Maggie Joel
On a frozen January evening in 1944, Nancy Levin, and her three-year-old daughter, Emily, flee their impoverished East London home as an air raid siren sounds. Not far away, 39- year-old Diana Meadows and her own child, three-year-old Abigail, are lost in the black-out as the air raid begins. Finding their way in the jostling crowd to the mouth of the shelter they hurry to the safety of the underground tube station.
 
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The Winds of War The Winds of War (The Henry Family, #1) by Herman Wouk by Herman Wouk
Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American.
 
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Eye of the Needle Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett by Ken Follett
One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory.
 
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message 39: by Renee S

Renee S thanks for accepting my request!


Bernadette Ruta wrote: "Hello Bernadette! It was so lovely to meet you. Yes, I loved Arizona..."

Hi Ruta! I just sent you the link to an unfinished digital drawing I did of Lina and Andrius through your Contact page. I hope it is the first of many, and that you like it!

God bless,
Bernadette


Adrianna Scibor Thank you for accepting my friend request. I can't wait to read your books! :)


Bernadette Ruta wrote: "Hello Bernadette! It was so lovely to meet you. Yes, I loved Arizona..."

Thank you for replying! It really means a lot to me when authors communicate with their readers. :) As soon as I've drafted some pictures, I'll be sure to get them to you! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to visit Tucson, and hope you come again in the future. God bless!


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Ruta Sepetys Hello Bernadette! It was so lovely to meet you. Yes, I loved Arizona.
Thank you for the offer of sketches. Wow! The best way to send them to me would be to send me a message through the "Contact" page on my website www.rutasepetys.com and I will reply and give you an address. Thank you!! Ruta


message 34: by Bernadette (last edited Mar 15, 2016 02:06PM)

Bernadette Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! It was such a privilege to meet you this past weekend at the Tucson Festival of Books and hear more about your books and passion for untold history. (I'm the wannabe illustrator who will be traveling to Poland on a Catholic pilgrimage this summer.) I hope you enjoyed your time in Arizona, and can't wait to sit down and sketch scenes from Between Shades of Gray! What would be the best way for me to send them to you?

God bless,
Bernadette

P.S. I just discovered the BSoG movie in progress on IMDb! If you're inclined to say, how do you think it's coming along?


message 33: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys Amy wrote: "It was so great meeting you in Amarillo!!! I hope you come back I would love to just sit and chat!!"

Hi Amy! Thanks for coming to the event in Amarillo. Per our conversation, I dropped something in the mail for you today. :-)


message 32: by Amy

Amy Linquist It was so great meeting you in Amarillo!!! I hope you come back I would love to just sit and chat!!


message 31: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys So sorry for the delay in replying to this. Thank YOU so much for reading my books. :-)

Marmalade4evs wrote: "Oh. My. God. Thank you so much for accepting my friend request!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You rock."



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Ruta Sepetys Thanks Kellie! "Salt to the Sea" will be out February 2nd! Hooray! :)

Kellie wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request!! Thank you for writing your wonderful books! I loved "Between Shades of Grey", and I can't wait to read "Salt to the Sea"!! :)"


message 29: by Kellie

Kellie Thank you for accepting my friend request!! Thank you for writing your wonderful books! I loved "Between Shades of Grey", and I can't wait to read "Salt to the Sea"!! :)


message 28: by Maria

Maria Oh. My. God. Thank you so much for accepting my friend request!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You rock.


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Ruta Sepetys Aimen wrote: "Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! Like many, I have just read Between the Shades of Gray and loved it obviously. I would have never thought I'd been interested in the Soviet Union/..."

I'm hoping to come to Philly at some point soon and yes, I'm hard at work on more books! :)


message 26: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys Thank you Alisyn! I'm so thrilled that the book and story inspired you. I know that the people who experienced the deportations would be so moved to hear that!

Ruta


message 25: by Aimen

Aimen Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! Like many, I have just read Between the Shades of Gray and loved it obviously. I would have never thought I'd been interested in the Soviet Union/Lithuanian history and the NKVD. It wasn't just the book that fascinated me, it was your video. I watched how this story came to be and you were so passionate in your video, even about writing (you love revising just as much as you love writing, adorable!) The background to how the story came about was so captivating, like wow. Thank you so much for this book and releasing a great story to the world.
I hope you release more books out soon; you made so many people cry.

P.S. Hope you do some meet in greets (Philadelphia, please!)
Is there a movie on Between the Shades of Gray, if so when?!


message 24: by carly

carly I just want to let you know that your book, Between Shades of Gray, has gotten me back into reading again. For a period of about two years I stopped reading and now that I have read your book... it has really inspired me. Not only to read more (which I already have started reading all the time!) but I too am a writer and it gave me inspiration to keep writing and to finally start trying to finish my novel... it really made me want to write something with meaning and importance.

Also, the lessons in your book have given me a lot of insight on many different things not only on the particular genocide but all genocides in general. Thank you! This is my new favorite book and I've already let my good friend borrow it so she too could be inspired and learn :)


message 23: by Ayesha (last edited Dec 27, 2013 06:52AM)

Ayesha Happy New Year to you too!


message 22: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys Thank you Ayesha! I'm so glad you were moved by the story and history. Happy New Year!


message 21: by Ayesha

Ayesha Dear Ruta Sepetys,
I completed Between Shades of grey a few hours ago and I must say that it is one of the best and most powerful books I've ever read. Thanks for sharing such an amazing story.
Thanks once again for adding me!

Respectfully,
Ayesha.


Bbernard bernard Have you ever wondered what life would have been like if that was you, instead of Lina?


message 19: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys I would love to come to Missouri, Anna! Fingers crossed!


message 18: by Anna

Anna Please come to Missouri!


message 17: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys Thanks Manthaka!


message 16: by Mandy

Mandy (Tea and Toast) Thank you for accepting!:D Between Shades of Gray got me in tears and taught me so much. You've inspired me through your writing and i just want to say, Thanks. :)


message 15: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys Thanks Cierrah!


message 14: by Cierrah

Cierrah Williams Thank you so much for accepting my friend's request, that made my day!


Caroline Hi! Oh, wow I an friends with an actual author, whose book I adorn!!!!! Between Shades of Grey was a wonderful, beautifully written book, that captivated the reader!!! I have now only read books about this before (The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Sibera, by Esther Hautzig) but this had an amazing plot and beautiful writing.

THANK YOU!


*Layali* Thank you for being my friend! And thank you for writing such an amazing story with Between Shades of Gray! I absolutely loved it and can't wait for your next novel! :)


message 11: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys Thank you so much Anna!!

Anna wrote: "I have to say thank you for writing Between Shades Of Gray!The book has such a wonderful English and History to the book.I very picky about my favorite books and authors.Your books and you as a aut..."


message 10: by Anna

Anna I have to say thank you for writing Between Shades Of Gray!The book has such a wonderful English and History to the book.I very picky about my favorite books and authors.Your books and you as a author is one of my favorites!You bring light to history that many people have never hear of!Thanks!!


Francesca It's amazing news, I hope I'll be able to meet you in Paris! Happy New Year to you and your family, Ruta!


message 8: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys Hi Francesca!

Thank you so much for reading the book. Yes, I am planning a trip to France most likely in May or June.

All best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year, Francesca!

Sincerely,

Ruta

Francesca wrote: "Thank you Ruta for Between Shades of Gray, your book made me cry and make me hope. I hope you'll come in France to meet your fans and I can't wait for reading your next book, it sounds promising!"


Francesca Thank you Ruta for Between Shades of Gray, your book made me cry and make me hope. I hope you'll come in France to meet your fans and I can't wait for reading your next book, it sounds promising!


message 6: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys Hi Chelsey!

Thanks for your note. Like you, I became attached to the characters too. I cried buckets of tears while writing the story.

I'm finishing my next book now!

Happy Holidays.

Ruta

Chelsey wrote: "I just finished Between Shades of Gray and the story seemed so real. While I was reading the story I became so Attached to the characters that when one of the characters died I felt the pain of the..."


Chelsey I just finished Between Shades of Gray and the story seemed so real. While I was reading the story I became so Attached to the characters that when one of the characters died I felt the pain of the people that cared about that person. This story changed my perspective on how our community isn't that bad. I can't wait to read another one of your books.


message 4: by Ruta

Ruta Sepetys Thank you so much, Erin!
I really appreciate it. I hope you have a great holiday. I'm hard at work on the next book. :)

Ruta

Erin wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request! I just finished your book, and I loved it. Your writing is beautiful, and your characters were so strongly written. Can't wait to read anything else you w..."


message 3: by Erin

Erin Thank you for accepting my friend request! I just finished your book, and I loved it. Your writing is beautiful, and your characters were so strongly written. Can't wait to read anything else you write!


message 2: by Tash

Tash Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. =)
I already have a copy of Between shades of gray and I really can't wait to read it!

Take care!


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Tasha Happy Valentine's Day!


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