Between shades of gray


  • 4.5/5
  • YA , historical fiction

My review (short & non-spoiler)

It’s 1941 , Lena Vilkas is suddenly woken up and dragged out of her bed. The NKVD is in her house. Lena and her family (without her dad ) are taken away to Siberia. In the prison camp , Lena , her mother and brother have to work long hours and live a horrible life. Lena tries to stay alive. She tries to send clues to her father by drawing everything around her. Lena spends a lot of time on the road. Ruta ‘s writing style is beautiful , you will get attached to the characters. Ruta shows and other facet of  World War  II. I have never heard of that part of our history. This was a powerful poignant story! I recommend watching

Ruta’s video about the book


“but all of the survivors had one thing in common, and that was love. they survived through love. whether love of friend, love of country, love of god, or even love of enemy—love reveals to us the truly miraculous nature of the human spirit.”

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