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Between Shades of Gray

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Transcript of Between Shades of Gray

- Rutha was born and raised in Michigan.
Ruth's inspiration to write this book came fro her father who was a Lithuanian refugee
Rutha Sepetys
Madison, Alyssa, Morgan, Brittany, Kaylee, and Meghan
Between Shades of Gray
Evaluation of the book
- Rutha lives with her husband in Tennessee. Between Shades of
Gray was her first Novel.

17 years old.
has wavy brown hair and blue eyes.
Is close with his mom
Teaches Jonas to smoke.
When they reach Altai Andrius's mother is forced to sleep with the guards or else they will kill Andrius.
He sneaks extra food for Jonas to give to his family and friends around the camp.
Is forced to stay in Altai when Lina and her family have to leave.
Keeps all of Lina's drawings when she leaves for the Artic Circle
After the war, gets married to Lina

In the beginning of the book Lina was 15, on March 22nd she turned 16.
Shes strong, intelligent, outspoken and artistic.
Her immediate family consists of her father, mother and her little brother.
Lina has bright blue eyes, and long blonde honey colored hair.
Lina Vilkas
The handkerchief symbolizes the connection between all of the prisoners of Stalin. The ability for the handkerchief to "travel hand without deteriorating" represents their fight to help each other stay as one person and to not give up hope throughout the book.
The theme of this book is don't take anything for granted. " Twenty minutes. said the officer. He threw his burning cigarette onto our clean living room floor and ground it onto the wood with his boot. We were about to become cigarettes." pg 3
Another theme that could be taken from this book is to never give up, through most of the book Lina and the others think their lives are over, but they still provide hope for each other that they'll survive.

"Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch." pg 27.
The significance of this quote is to
show that in order for for Jonas to stay safe their
mother had to give up something valuable, and that the officers didn't consider his life.
Website: http://www.betweenshadesofgray.com/
One of the major conflicts in the book
Between Shades of Gray
is when Lina and her family are taken away from her home by the NKVD without any warning. Throughout the book Lina comes to realize that she took advantage of the things she now would consider valuable.
Throughout the book she tries to locate her father, to let him know her and her family are still alive, by drawing a handkerchief and passing it along to other men.
About the Author
"We were abut to become cigarettes." pg 5
After they got taken away from their home by the NKVD Lina meets a 17 year old boy named Andrius who she becomes close with as the story goes on.
Setting and Cultural
The significance of this quote is to
show how useless the NKVD consider the prisoners and how obvious it is to the prisoners.
Another major conflict in the book was that only 300 rations were being given out to people. Everyone thought it was unfair because it was not enough. Also if people worked to slowly or didn't work at all they would lose all their rations.
Our group gives the book
Between Shades of Gray

a 8 out of 10.
Settings & Culture.
Setting: Train in Siberia, Altai Artic Cirlcle around 1940's
The trains were dirty and cramped
The camps were like Concentration Camps in the Holocaust
Culture: -Must pay for meal at table
-Knives must be on right side
-Forks on the left side
-Main dish: Dzūkija(dumplings)
-Language: Lithuanian

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