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
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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