Between Shades of Gray
By: Ruta Sepetys
The theme of this book is "never give up." Because Lina and her family never give up and they are always positive. Even though they have to work every day and get barely anything to eat, they will keep fighting to stay alive. Lina also never gives up on the thought of seeing her father if they survive. Only incredible strength, love, and hope can pull Lina and her family through each day.
Historical Event: Camps in the Arctic
The historical event that I chose to research about was the camps in the arctic. From 1941-1944, German troops were responsible for a 1,000 kilometer of the arctic. The Germans brought around 9,000 officers and around 20,000 prisoners to the arctic as a work force. Many of the prisoners were sent to different camps before brought to this one. The prisoners usually slept in turf huts, cardboard and plywood tents, and wooded barracks. But, for the prisoners to be able to have some shelter, they had to build them themselves. The prisoners rarely got anything to eat in the camp. Prisoners were also forced to do work for the officers, such as building and other things.