Lina 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.
“[A] gripping story.” -- School Library Journal, starred review
"...beautifully written and deeply felt."-- Booklist, starred review
The discussion on Between Shades of Gray is the first of four carefully selected, critically-acclaimed, discussion-worthy books. Our Fall Book Discussion Series will continue with In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m., and Next to Love by Ellen Feldman on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 p.m.
Library staff members will lead the discussions.
We have copies of the books available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussions.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).