Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys


Between Shades of Gray follows the journey of fifteen year old Lina and her family when they are taken from their Lithuanian home and transported to Siberia. Where the women are forced to work digging potatoes in fields and the men are to work cutting trees. Little does Lina know that her father whom is not with the rest of the family. Will be sentenced to death.


Ruta Sepetys

Ruta was inspired to write the book because of her father whom escaped from Lithuania as a young boy. Ruta had went on a trip to vist her father's cousin. She had asked if they had any pictures of her grandfather. They had said that they burned them all, because they had thought he was dead for nearly a decade. Ruta had took two trips to Lithuania for her research. She interviewd family members, survivors, historians, and government officials. She spent time in a train car that was actually used for transporting Lithuanians and Jewish citizens. She also was locked in a former Soviet Union prison just to figure out herself that she wouldn't have survived.