“Much young adult historical fiction from World War II is focused on America, Hitler, and the Holocaust. All pertinent and important topics, but I was really excited to see a story that focus on the atrocities committed by Stalin and the Russians. For whatever reason, the story of the evils of communism and the Soviets is rarely told to young adults,” Andrew Palmer writes in his book review.
One couldn't agree more.
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Between Shades of Gray, a New York Times Bestseller, is the debut novel of Lithuanian American novelist Ruta Sepetys. It follows the Stalinist purges of the latter half of the 20th century and follows the life of Lina as she is deported from her native Lithuania with her mother and younger brother and the journey they take to a work-camp in Siberia. It has been nominated for the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal and has been translated into more than 40 languages.