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July - June 2015



Comments for Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray: 12/10/13

cover artBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is the story of a girl and her family and their fight to survive as they are taken into custody by the Soviets.

Lina, the protagonist, tries to make sense of their uprooting and to stay sane through her artwork. She doodles in the dust of the train. She doodles on scraps on paper and later on a note book she's given. Later she tries to use her drawings to send messages of their whereabouts to their father — who has been imprisoned as an enemy of the state.

This is another audio I wish I had read in print. With so many novels narrated by young female protagonists, the audios so often end up with overly chipper readers. Between Shades of Gray suffers from too upbeat a reading even as Lina is describing atrocity after atrocity.

Three stars

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