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4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5 4.80 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruta Sepetys Narrator: Emily Klein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781101484630
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Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. 

Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions. Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously documenting events by drawing, hoping her messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. 

It is a long and harrowing journey, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.”

    Washington Post

  • “Beautifully written and deeply felt…an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This is a gripping story that gives young people a window into a shameful, but likely unfamiliar history.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “In her debut novel, Sepetys offers both a compelling love story and a well-researched historical chronicle.”


  • “Bitterly sad, fluidly written…Sepetys’ flowing prose gently carries readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Stalin deported and murdered millions, but he could not destroy the seeds of memory, compassion, and art that they left behind. From those seeds, Ruta Septeys has crafted a brilliant story of love and survival that will keep their memory alive for generations to come.”

    Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Wintergirls

  • Between Shades of Gray is a story of astonishing force. I feel grateful for a writer like Ruta Sepetys who bravely tells the hard story of what happens to the innocent when world leaders and their minions choose hate and oppression. Beautiful and unforgettable.”

    Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor–nominated author of Hitler Youth

  • “In terrifying detail, Ruta Sepetys recreates World War II coming of age all too timely today. Between Shades of Gray is a document long overdue.”

    Richard Peck, Newbery Award–winning author of A Year Down Yonder

  • A 2011 Wall Street Journal Best Book for Children
  • Finalist for the 2012 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • Winner of the 2012 Indies Choice Book Award: Young Adult Book of the Year
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens
  • A 2011 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Fiction: Older Readers
  • A 2011 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 New York Times Notable Book for Children: Young Adult
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the Spring 2011 Kids' Indie Next List: Top Ten

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/23/2011

    " A piece of WWII period history that I hadn't known anything about - a story about a Lithuanian girl and her family deported to Siberia during Stalin's reign. Vivid and sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 5/23/2011

    " It was completely worth reading and so inspiring. It told a story tht, being a teenager, shld know about so i know hitler wasnt the only evil man "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Relebe2001 | 5/23/2011

    " I totally loved this book. Very much along the lines of Anne Frank;s Diary. Ended leaving me hanging, but gave new insight into the struggles of WWII "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/23/2011

    " Absolutely loved it! Devoured it almost in one sitting. Beautiful,although sad story of a Lithuanian family during the days of Stalin. Tragic, yet beautiful and full of hope! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 5/20/2011

    " Although this book is so sad with what happened to all the people during Stahlin's reign, it's very well written and informative, and I learned alot that I didn't know. Very good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 5/19/2011

    " Awesome book for all historical fiction readers. A disturbing reminder of the atrocities done by Stalin when he deported families to Siberia. It was hard to read in spots but I am so glad that I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 5/18/2011

    " Wonderful. My 14 year old daughter loved it too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyn | 5/18/2011

    " This is an incredible story, based on true facts from Stalin's world and WWII in Russia "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tray | 5/17/2011

    " A must listen~ This is great stuff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheri | 5/16/2011

    " Can't review it until after book club, but I CAN rate it. :) "

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About the Author
Author Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She is the award-winning author of several books of historical fiction and best known for her novel Between Shades of Gray, which was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. Her work is published in over forty-five countries and thirty languages.