Between Shades of Gray

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 56 reviews

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age 13+

Wonderfully written!

Precious story for middle school-age children.

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age 12+

Super moving and well-written historical fiction

The Vilkas family of Kaunas, Lithuania consists of teenaged Lina, her 10-yr old brother Jonas, and their parents. Ruta Sepetys beautifully chronicles this idealistic family's separation and suffering, as the Baltic nations were caught between Stalin and Hitler in WWII. I loved the section headings (Thieves and Prostitutes, Ice and Ashes) but feel it SO unfortunate that this was published the same year Fifty Shades of Grey was. My 12-year old daughter enjoyed reading this book too, despite all the violence and tragedy in it.

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Educational value
Great role models

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