Between Shades of GrayBook - 2011
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AL_Molly Jun 23, 2017
This was a window to some of the lesser known atrocities of WWII. The story felt disjointed at times, but that was probably because I wanted a more comprehensive follow up of Lina and her family.
Lina and her family are taken from their house in the middle of the night to work in the freezing cold gulags (work camps) in Siberia, Russia in 1941. This story follows Lina's struggle to survive in horrible, frozen conditions, and the importance of family.
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ANABELLE H. PORTER thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
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“Better that he gets used to it,' he said.
Used to what, the feeling of uncontrolled anger? Or a sadness so deep, like your very core has been hollowed out and fed back to you from a dirty bucket?”
“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.”
"Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch"
"Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?
That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch."
'"One day, someone will catch your eye, Lina, and hopefully when it happens, you won't be so critical."'
SummaryAdd a Summary
15 year old Lina and her family are suddenly taken from their home by Soviets. Lina, along with her brother and mother are sent to Siberia to work on collective farms while her father is sent to a prison camp. This story follows her struggle to communicate with her father through her drawings, and to keep hope and stay alive even though her has been destroyed.
Between Shades of Grey is an amazing book about a 15 year old girl in 1941, when a group of Russian officers take her, her mother Elena, her brother Jonas to a railway station with hundreds of others. they were loaded in huge train cars to be deported, but no one knew where.
One night, Lina slips away and finds her father, who believes that they are going to Serbia. lina never sees her father ever again.
Lina and the others are soon in a prison camp that becomes thire home for 10 mouths in Traciak. They are forced to share a tiny hut with a grouchy women who always asked for rent, basically whenever she felt like it. Lina's life becomes a bit better when a boy named Andrius steps in her life to share her countless problems. Lina and the others work hard for hours, gaining only 300 grams of dried bread to survive on. After 10 mouths, the russian officers made groups by dividing some of the people to be sent to the Arctic Circle. Lina Elena and Jonas are on the list, but not Andrius.
Buildings or even huts are not provided for the prisoners in the Arctic, who are forced to build their own shelter with what ever they could find there. Everyday People died. One day, even Jonas got the scurvy and finally help had arrived! A doctor had been alerted about the horrible conditions here and demanded healthcare and food for all the prisoners.
At the End, Lina writes a letter and her drawings in 1954, which is then found in 1995. In this letter, she says she buried her writings ans drawings with hope that someone will find find them so the world will know what happened to 1000s of people like her. She hopes that by sharing this knowledge, these kinds of events shall never be repeated.
Fifteen year-old Lina and her family are ordinary just like any other Lithuanian family in 1941. One night Soviet officers barge into their house and forced them into train cars. There she meets new friends but is separated from her father. Lina is also an aspiring artist and tries to get a message across to her father. Will they survive these cruel conditions and will their hopes keep them alive?
Lina is a victim of the Russian prison camps in Siberia, She has done nothing wrong but is forced into years of imprisonment and hard work. She is a passionate artist who struggles to contact her father through her art.
It is Lithuania in the 1930's, and Lina Vilkas and her family have been arrested by the Soviet police. Rounded up without warning in the middle of the night, she, her mother and her younger brother are separated from her father and stuffed into a cattle car to be taken to Siberia. Through the following years of privation, hunger, hardship and brutality, Lina and her family strive to hold on to their dignity and goodness.
Lina must be strong for her family and herself while struggling with her world falling a part around her.
Sexual Content: While not discussed in detail, there is sexual violence towards female prisoners.
Violence: This book features wartime violence towards political prisoners.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: has some very mature scenes with cruelty towards children