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Between Shades of Grey

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Caleigh Porter

on 14 November 2013

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Transcript of Between Shades of Grey

Between Shades of Grey
Ruta Sepetys was born November 19th,1967 into a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Ruta Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee and is proud of her heritage. She was the youngest of three children. She now lives in Tennessee with her family. This is where she wrote her first novel ' Between Shades of Grey'. Her second book is called' ' Out of the Easy'.Ruta wrote the book 'Between Shades of Grey' because she wanted to give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their lives during Stalin's cleansing of the Baltic region.
The novel called 'Between Shades of Gray' by Ruta Sepetys acknowledges the voices of all the people who lost there lives during Stalin's cleansing of the Baltic region during World War II. The novel shows that even the slightest bit of hope can go a long way! In the 1940's a fifteen year old girl named Lina and her family were taken by the NKDV(Soviet secret police) along with many others. They were being taken to the labour camps in Siberia. All the men and women where separated and put on train cars to be taken away.When they got to the prison camps they would work for food. Lina was a very talented artist. In the camps the secret police used their prisoners' talents to benefit the Soviets. The prisoners refused help their captors in any way forcing Lina to hide her talent. If the Soviets found out about Lina's beautiful drawings she could be forced to draw for the Soviets. The Baltic had been erased from existence. The Lithuanians were out of sight and mind. No one would help them, no one knew about them. Lina was going to tell the world about what had been done to them. In conclusion, Lina's drawing would help. They would survive, even the slightest bit of hope can go a long way.
History Behind
'Between Shades of Grey'
In the story Between shades of grey the main characters lived in Lithuania. Until suddenly NKDV officers came into there home and took them. The Vilkas family is separated and loaded onto train cars. The train cars take them across Russia and to Siberian prison camps. At the Siberian prison camps they spent 440 days. The conditions there were freezing cold and very dark during the long winter season.
The main character is Lina Vilkas. Lina is a fifteen yeor old girl who is very artistic. LIna has bright blue eyes and her mothers honey colored hair. She lives with her mother, father and brother. Her mothers name is Elena. Elena has an unusually wide smile that lights up everything around her. Jonas Vilkas is Lina's brother. He has his mothers beautiful smile.

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I love this book because it is a part of history that not many people know about. Of course, events about Hitler and the Nazis are very well known, but not many people know that at the same time Stalin was doing the same thing to the Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian people. This is also pretty recent since the Baltic country just received its independence in 1993. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Number the Stars or Holocaust stories because they are very similar.
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