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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Jan 30, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, historical-fiction
Read from February 03 to 12, 2012

This is the first young adult novel I have encountered that portrays Stalin's forced removal of hundreds of thousands of Baltic and Polish people after his annexation of those countries. I'm so happy this book exists because every year I have students researching the Gulags. The conditions in the Gulags during WWII were absolutely horrific. I don't think many casual readers will pick up this title, but those interested in Stalin and Russian history will. It's hard to say a book about starvation and physical abuse is a great read, but Sepetys does an excellent job of making a tough subject accessible to teens.

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