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Between Shades of Gray
Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both. --The Washington PostLina 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-and at great risk-documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, 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.Praise for BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY:A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch.--The New York Times Book Review A brilliant story of love and survival.--Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Wintergirls* Beautifully written and deeply feltan important book that deserves the widest possible readership.--Booklist, Starred ReviewA New York Times BestsellerAn International BestsellerA New York Times Notable Book of 2011A Wall Street Journal Best Childrens Book of 2011A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011The iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen NovelThe #1 Book on the Spring 2011 IndieNext ListA School Library Journal Best Book of 2011A Booklist Best Book of 2011A Kirkus Best Book of 20112012 IRA Childrens and Young Adults Book Award for Young Adult Fiction2012 Indies Choice Young Adult Book of the YearA Carnegie Medal FinalistA William C. Morris Finalist
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raeglenn
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This was such a good book. I couldn‘t bring myself to put it down! It‘s about a girl named Lina who is being moved from her home to a Russian camp. She learns life lessons, finds love, and it all means that her life will never be the same again.

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From my neverending TBR, here's one for #snow . 🤦
#wishesandblessings
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I haven‘t heard of this one! Stacked 📚 I see that it was a different title! (edited) 2mo
Eggs Oh this one will stay with you forever💔 2mo
kplovesbooks @Eggs It really sounds like it!! 2mo
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kplovesbooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Confession, I had not either until I was looking for "snow" titles. ?? It was an instant add to the TBR though! 2mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kplovesbooks Based on events that really happened in war - so powerful 2mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2021Book86
This will likely be one of my favorite books for the rest of my life. This is the fifth time I've read it and I still find something new to love every time. I just taught it for the third time and the students loved it as well.

Texreader She‘s a brilliant writer 4mo
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Coleen
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While WWII rages in other parts of the world, Lithuanians are being torn from their homes under Stalin‘s rule. Though not as well known or as publicized as other aspects of the war, this was nearly as horrible. A sad but important part of history that many people, including myself, knew nothing about. The book was better than the movie (of course), but I finished both yesterday.

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In the 1940s, Lina and her family is taken by the Soviet police and placed under arrest for 20 years only for the reason of being Lithuanian.

I‘m in love with this author and her stories. I never thought I would like historical fiction but the way she writes makes me want to read her stories a thousand times.

bookaholic1 Loved this story❤❤ 5mo
Texreader I love this author too 5mo
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freeatlast1137
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“We‘d been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean. I realized that if we boosted one another, maybe we‘d get a little closer.”

I love this quote. I think we all sometimes feel like that.

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CaitlinR
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Ruta Sepetys‘ novels expose us to the worst acts perpetrated against the powerless, but also stand as powerful monuments to hope. In this novel we share the the horrors of Stalin‘s Balkan deportations, perpetrated to “purify” the new Soviet state; 1/3 of the population of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia died. We see these horrors through the eyes of young Lina Vilkas and her family. A painful story, but one we must read to honor the dead.

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shannasbookshelf
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4.25 stars
Review: This was an amazing read. It was moving and powerful. The focus of the story, how life was affected by the Siberian work camps in 1941, is also such a unique placement and setting for WWII historical fiction. I definitely think that Sepetys has a way of writing WWII historical fiction that, while fitting in well with the genre, also stands out on its own apart from the rest of the genre. I definitely recommend this book.

CaitlinR Started reading it last night, but decided it is a “light of day” read — fewer nightmares. 6mo
shannasbookshelf @CaitlinR I definitely agree. It‘s not something I could read at night. 6mo
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WW2 novel, 15 year old Lina and her mom and young brother are taken from their home by Soviet soldiers and deported to Siberia and the harrowing experience of the journey there and the deplorable conditions she has to live in and the things she goes through in the camp paint a picture of the war a lot of people probably don‘t know about.
Historical fiction has been so important to teach me more than my history high school classes ever did.

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Just finished this book. I started it today with 53% to go and I couldn‘t stop. I truly love when that happens. This story was very moving and chilling because it happened to so many innocent people. #100YEARS100BOOKS #72 #BookSpinBingo #DS18 I‘m not doing so well this month, but I did get my #DS read!

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 8mo
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Look what came came in my email today📧 Two new novels from Ruta Sepetys! I'm particularly interested in the book set in Romania under the Ceausescu regime.

Crazeedi What's the name of the new one? I've read shades and salt both!! Excellent books 9mo
sblbooks @Crazeedi I don't know they haven't released that yet. 9mo
LibrarianRyan Shades of Grey was so WOW!. Heartbreakingly good. 9mo
sblbooks @LibrarianRyan I agree! I don't read a lot of graphic novels, but I'm going to read this one. 9mo
LibrarianRyan @sblbooks as in graphic= explicit detail its there. Not as bad as some of the holocaust books I have read. But if you mean the other form of GN, its a full novel. Then again look at who I'm talking to. You know the difference. Sorry its a long day at the end of a conference.
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Simply but beautifully told, Between Shades of Gray sheds light on the true story of Lithuanians and other Baltic citizens, including young children, in the 1940s who were rounded up overnight by the Soviet police under Stalin‘s orders and sent to labor camps and prisons in Siberia for years, sometimes decades. As harrowing as it is affirming, this is one of the most powerful young adult novels I‘ve ever read and one that will stay with me.

underground_bks Read for March Bookland Challenge: Fiction/Classic—contains a map. 10mo
Leftcoastzen 👏😻 10mo
underground_bks @Leftcoastzen Peter always steals the show! 10mo
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ErraticElle
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A beautifully written story, but also immensely heartbreaking. Presents a historical story with grace & realism. The use a YA protagonist is such a smart choice. Like middle grade has Lois Lowry's Number the Stars, young adult has Between Shades of Gray. The quiet romantic story line gives hope & some normalcy in an awful situation & is handled quite tastefully. The ending does come up quite abruptly, but this story is perfect all the same.

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Lirianni
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“Sometimes there is such beauty in awkwardness.” ...

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I love this book. It is really suspenseful. The ending almost made me cry. There is also some shocking parts.

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Ebook on sale today

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Elizabeth2
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#ThankfulThursday

✈️ I miss my mother-in-law. She lives in TX, and we are in MD. We haven‘t seen her in 2 years! I hit the jackpot with my MIL, and I miss our afternoon chats and day trips when she would spend the summer with us. I love her dearly. ❤️

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👨🏼‍🤝‍👨🏻 I am thankful for my family‘s health this week. This covid surge has me a bit worried; my two oldest (college students) work in retail. I‘m so thankful we are all healthy.

Elizabeth2 Thanks for the tag @Eggs ! Recent post likes from @DaveGreen7777 @RamsFan1963 and @CoffeeK8. Play along? 🙂 1y
DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the tag! 😊 1y
KathyWheeler My mother-in-law was wonderful as well. She died several years ago and I still miss her. I was so blessed with her. 1y
Eggs I too was blessed with a gracious generous MIL who died in 2013 & I miss her a lot 💔 1y
CoffeeK8 Thanks for the tag! 1y
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wideeyedreader
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Went shopping today! Of course I got some books lol. I‘m very excited about these!

DAB Nice job.
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JacintaMCarter
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#2020Book44
This will likely be one of my favorite books for the rest of my life. This is the fourth time I've read it and I still find something new to love every time. I taught it for the second time and the students who actually did the reading loved it as well.

Texreader She‘s such a great writer. She‘s one of those authors from whom I‘ll read every book she writes 1y
TheBookHippie So good...I could read it again. 1y
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🎁 1y
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Tracey3
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I have enjoyed everything I‘ve read from this author. The characters are so well developed. Lina is Lithuanian and forcibly removed from her home because her family was considered anti-Soviet during Stalin‘s reign. This novel describes the horrors she, her family, and many others endured as they were removed from their homes and forced to live and work in terrible conditions.

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wideeyedreader
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I have a lot of feelings about this book, and most of them are not coherent. I don‘t understand how such awful things could simply be not known, and I‘m glad Sepetys wrote this book in an effort to change that. The writing style wasn‘t my favorite, but this is such an important book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks This one really got to me when I read it a while back! 1y
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KelsieL
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What was life asking of me? How could I respond when I didn‘t know the questions?

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Excellent blame-it-on-Litsy-book. And a fun fact: I went to elementary through high school with Ruta... she was a couple grades ahead of me. I remember her as a really pretty cheerleader 📣 and I was a little shy nerd 🤷🏻‍♀️

Pageturner1 that‘s cool when you know an author you went to school with. 2y
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ravenlee
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Just happened to catch my Litfluence on a round number! Thanks to all you wonderful Littens out there who make this such an amazing community. This really is my happy place in these trying times.

Now I need help - I‘m struggling with the tagged book right now and need something lighter. But I need a rec from a librarian for my SRP to replace it. Something relatively short and fun would be awesome. Thanks in advance! #librariansoflitsy

Chrissyreadit Congrats! 2y
BookwormAHN Congratulations 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Caroline2 Yes, the tagged book is heavy going. I‘m reading Mrs Bird at the mo which so far is feeling quite fun. 2y
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs

1 - relatively mild for here, we‘ll see temps just under 90F with chance of thunderstorms this afternoon

2 - not much...but I did get a prickly pear margarita with our takeout dinner on Tuesday, and it was massive so it lasted me two nights!

3 - just started the tagged after finishing Peter Pan, but I‘m not really in the mood for it 🤷🏻‍♀️

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94
Anybody not done it yet?

TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the tag!! 2y
MoonWitch94 I have never had that kind of margarita. Is it sweet or sour? 🍸 2y
ravenlee @MoonWitch94 it‘s sweet but not cloying. My favorite restaurant here does a Baja Sunset margarita that‘s a blend of the very pink prickly pear and the mango, and it‘s heavenly. I rarely drink (like, 2-3 times a year) but if I do it‘s usually that. But the Baja Subset isn‘t part of their happy hour special, so I got the prickly pear by itself. 2y
MoonWitch94 @ravenlee sounds wonderful!!! 😍 2y
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Addison_Reads
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Ruta Sepetys has become my go-to author for YA historical fiction. 💚

This story is told from the point of view of a 16 year old girl whose family is trapped in a work camp during WWII. It's beautifully written even though the subject matter is difficult.

#ReadingEurope2020 #Lithuania @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

#SummerFunJr A color in the title and set in another country @4thhouseontheleft @StayCurious

Onceuponatime I loved the one before this, Salt to the Sea, and now I really want to read this one! 2y
Addison_Reads @Onceuponatime I didn't know there was one before this one. I'll definitely have to read that one now. 2y
Librarybelle This book is so good! She is an incredible author 2y
Onceuponatime @Addison_Reads Different characters, but Lina plays a minor part. And I agree that Sepetys is a go-to author for YA historical fiction. I never really enjoyed the genre before I read her! 2y
Addison_Reads @Onceuponatime I read The Fountains of Silence just as a random pick from my local library last year and since then I've been putting every book I find by her on hold through my library. I have yet to read a book by her that I didn't enjoy. 2y
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marleed
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I used to love having 2 copies of the books my kids read when they were in middle school. We had conversations that we otherwise would not have had. I wish this book was written then. The history would have been new and brutal to each of us. I never gave thought to Lithuania or its citizens during WWII. It‘s an important story and so wrong that it was illegal to speak of the atrocities for so long.

June #BookSpin 10

TheAromaofBooks Great review! I cried when I read this one a couple years ago. I feel like it's a great book to read with middle grade/junior high readers - old enough to understand and discuss some of the atrocities that occurred. 2y
marleed @TheAromaofBooks It‘s very interesting because it‘s definitely written for a middle school audience but this reality is brutal. I would recommend that a parent read alongside because it‘s such an important discussion. ...As a 6th (ish) grader, many years ago, I read the pure fiction Lord of the Flies on my own. No one to discuss it with - I think I still have ptsd (a bit of an exaggeration, but I don‘t know the right word) over it! 2y
TheAromaofBooks I completely agree!! I think there are a lot of books that are worthwhile for younger(ish) readers, but that should be read with some adult guidance. I loved that your original post talked about reading books with your children so that you could discuss them together. I can remember my mom helping us look up additional information etc. to help us better understand and internalize what we were reading. 2y
Jennifer3 I have enjoyed all of the books of hers that I have read. This one as you said talked of a history I was not aware of. 2y
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Floresj
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Quick read about WWII‘s Lithuanian population‘s deportation in the Soviet Union. Meant for middle school, I appreciate the theme of resilience and the tragedies that aren‘t sugar coated. Well written, good pace, and depth of characters.

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Elizabeth2
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Powerful and unforgettable book. Lina, her mother, her younger brother, and many members of their community, are arrested by the Soviet police. They don‘t know where they are being taken or what their survival will cost. This is a book about survival, but it‘s also about community. The selflessness of Lina‘s mother, and others in these pages, while enduring unimaginable hardship, will stay with me for a long time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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StephanieGeiser
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Look what came in the mail yesterday! My next installment in #thebreakfastbookclub!

hes7 Yay! That took a while to arrive, but I‘m glad it made it. 2y
StephanieGeiser @hes7 Mail is funny these days. But I‘m happy it got here and I‘m looking forward to jumping back into this group! 2y
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I have read quite a few WWII books but have never read anything about what Russia did to the Baltic States. This wasn‘t any easy book to read but the message is important. People need to know what happened.

Book 13 for #bookspinbananza @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Oh, this one was so sad but an excellent story!! Great Bonanza progress!! 2y
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Elizabeth2
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Cooler, and a little gray, out this morning, but it‘s still a nice morning to be outside reading. 📚❤️☕️ No distractions out here. 😃

Eggs A powerful book 2y
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Elizabeth2
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Next book club read. It‘s been on my TBR for a while, and it was my pick this time. ❤️📚

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BookishTrish
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Hopeful and beautifully told. Would be a good book to read with Dressed for a Dance in the Snow.

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BookishTrish
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Evening plans

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I knew nothing about Russia invading Lithuania during WWII, or that so many Lithuanians were sent to prison labor camps in Siberia. What a bleak, cold life. There is love and hope in this book as well. It‘s quite a good YA historical fiction, and was Sepetys‘ debut.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love her books, and that she tends to pick lesser known events in history. 2y
Hooked_on_books Agreed—I thought this was terrific. 2y
magicalshelves I loved this! 2y
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AprilMae
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Hey @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks does this count for silver? Authors name is in silver shimmer! #ISpy

If you want to join in @haileybean @catiewithac @aprilpohren you all get books with Pink!!!

BookishMe Looks GORGEOUS 2y
Eggs One of my top favorites 💙😥💙 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2020Book11
This will likely be one of my favorite books for the rest of my life. This is the third time I've read it and I still find something new to love every time. I taught it for the first time and the students who actually did the reading loved it as well.

Crazeedi Love this author, haven't read this one yet 2y
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JeniReadABook
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Eggs
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Heartbreaking HF of Lithuanians delivered into the clutches of Stalin in WW2

#brokenheart

#februaryfeels

xxjenadanxx I love all of Ruta Sepetys' books. They're just so good. 2y
Eggs Agreed❣️❣️ @xxjenadanxx 2y
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Soubhiville I‘ve just started The Fountains of Silence, which is my first by her. She spoke beautifully at Texas Book Festival. I have this one on my TBR as well. 2y
Eggs @Soubhiville I‘ve learned so much history that I might never have known if it wasn‘t for her books. 2y
Eggs @MidnightBookGirl 💗❤️💗 2y
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Man.. 🥺 stab my heart, why don't ya? This book is going to do this quite often, I feel.

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BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ WWII ⤏ LITHUANIAN DEPORTATION ⤏ SIBERIAN WINTER ⤏ THE BRUTALITIES OF WAR ⤏ A STORY ABOUT THE POWER OF LOVE & THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SOUL
An enlightening yet brutally harsh look at the atrocities committed to Lithuanians by Stalin/Russia during WWII. I love how she writes about the obscure elements of history, you know the ones that very few know about, and gives them life and a voice.

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Finished book #2 for #jumpstart2020 and my first book for #newyearwhodis (both the tagged book) which was excellent but heartbreaking - I really enjoyed it @Kdgordon88
Starting the Turn of Midnight for #literarycrew today @Librarybelle
@Clwojick @Lizpixie

Crazeedi I've enjoyed every book I've read of Sepetys! 2y
Librarybelle Hooray! 2y
Chrissyreadit Oh thank goodness! I thought Turn of Midnight was finished and heartbreaking and I became very nervous!!! 2y
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Jerdencon @Chrissyreadit sorry!!! 😀 only finished chapter 1 of turn of midnight! 2y
Lizpixie Well done!👏👏👏 2y
Kdgordon88 I am so glad you liked it! 2y
Clwojick Way to Go! 2y
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Maria514626
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#zentangle--another lovely accompaniment to an audiobook.

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Maria514626
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This is an amazing story. It's very tough to hit ”stop.”

The reader isn't the best but persevere!

Stalin‘s purge of Lithuania isn't told very often. I can't wrap my mind around it. Told through the lens of this family makes it real--the horror and their love for each other.

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Tadiwa_Nleya
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While Lina prepares for the art school one night, with her mother and younger brother, the Soviet secret police violently barge into her home, deporting her along with her. They are being sent to Siberia. In prison camp, her father is sentenced to death. Lina with fight for her life, through recording her journey through art and writing, she respected anyone with her. She hopes she will bring everyone through each day.