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Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys's award-winning debut novel, and inspiration for the major motion picture Ashes in the Snow, is now a gorgeous graphic novel! From #1 New York Times and international bestselling author and Carnegie Medal winner of Salt to the Sea comes a story of loss and of fear--and ultimately of survival--in a Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys's award-winning debut novel, and inspiration for the major motion picture Ashes in the Snow, is now a gorgeous graphic novel! From #1 New York Times and international bestselling author and Carnegie Medal winner of Salt to the Sea comes a story of loss and of fear--and ultimately of survival--in a brand-new four-color format. "Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both." --The Washington Post A New York Times notable book An international bestseller A Carnegie Medal nominee A William C. Morris Award finalist A Golden Kite Award winner June, 1941. A knock comes at the door and the life of fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas changes forever. She's arrested by the Soviet secret police and deported from Lithuania to Siberia with her mother and younger brother. The conditions are horrific and Lina must fight for her life and for the lives of those around her, including the boy that she loves. Risking everything, she secretly passes along clues in the form of drawings, hoping they will reach her father's prison camp. But will her messages, and her courage, be enough to reunite her family? Will they be enough to keep her alive? A moving and haunting novel perfect for readers of The Book Thief, now available as a stunning graphic novel.


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Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys's award-winning debut novel, and inspiration for the major motion picture Ashes in the Snow, is now a gorgeous graphic novel! From #1 New York Times and international bestselling author and Carnegie Medal winner of Salt to the Sea comes a story of loss and of fear--and ultimately of survival--in a Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys's award-winning debut novel, and inspiration for the major motion picture Ashes in the Snow, is now a gorgeous graphic novel! From #1 New York Times and international bestselling author and Carnegie Medal winner of Salt to the Sea comes a story of loss and of fear--and ultimately of survival--in a brand-new four-color format. "Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both." --The Washington Post A New York Times notable book An international bestseller A Carnegie Medal nominee A William C. Morris Award finalist A Golden Kite Award winner June, 1941. A knock comes at the door and the life of fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas changes forever. She's arrested by the Soviet secret police and deported from Lithuania to Siberia with her mother and younger brother. The conditions are horrific and Lina must fight for her life and for the lives of those around her, including the boy that she loves. Risking everything, she secretly passes along clues in the form of drawings, hoping they will reach her father's prison camp. But will her messages, and her courage, be enough to reunite her family? Will they be enough to keep her alive? A moving and haunting novel perfect for readers of The Book Thief, now available as a stunning graphic novel.

30 review for Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    This story is such a powerful reminder of the power of love and hope. Happy 10th anniversary to this title that is now also in graphic format. My son married a girl from Latvia five years ago. I discovered this book in its original format while they were engaged. After five years of marriage, they have two children and live in Latvia. I went to visit them this past summer and met many who have grown up in that country. One of my daughter-in-law's grandmothers lives in Riga where the museum comme This story is such a powerful reminder of the power of love and hope. Happy 10th anniversary to this title that is now also in graphic format. My son married a girl from Latvia five years ago. I discovered this book in its original format while they were engaged. After five years of marriage, they have two children and live in Latvia. I went to visit them this past summer and met many who have grown up in that country. One of my daughter-in-law's grandmothers lives in Riga where the museum commemorating the exile is located. She told me a story (in Latvian with my DIL translating) about her family trying to escape to Australia when the Russians invaded in 1941. At that time she was just a toddler. Some of their relatives escaped, but not her family. It was such a privilege to meet those people, knowing their history. If you have not already, please read the original book by Ruta Sepetys and this graphic version. Their story needs to be known. We'd been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean. I realized that if we boosted one another, maybe we'd get a little closer. Thank you to Philomel and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    This absolutely broke my heart. I had to stop in the middle of this graphic novel three times just because it was such a tough read. I've never read the full novel, and I still plan to, but now I know I'll need to really be ready for a tearjerker if this version, condensed down into a short graphic novel, could be so devastating! Between Shades of Gray follows a fictional story in a very real setting: a teen Lithuanian girl and her family are taken by the Soviet secret police in 1941, where they This absolutely broke my heart. I had to stop in the middle of this graphic novel three times just because it was such a tough read. I've never read the full novel, and I still plan to, but now I know I'll need to really be ready for a tearjerker if this version, condensed down into a short graphic novel, could be so devastating! Between Shades of Gray follows a fictional story in a very real setting: a teen Lithuanian girl and her family are taken by the Soviet secret police in 1941, where they are then hauled off to Siberia and will spend years in terrible conditions. No punches are pulled, and there's a miserable reality to the entire story (which is why it didn't surprise me to learn that the events are strongly inspired by the author's interviews with her own family members, some of whom actually lived through events like those described in the story). As far as the graphic novel itself goes, the artwork was fine - a bit muddled at times, but it could be because it was an advanced e-copy - but that's not really the selling point here. This story is powerful enough that, frankly, it doesn't need incredible, eye-catching artwork. Instead, the art is muted and dark in a way that fits the story well. All in all, I don't know if "enjoyed" is the right word for how I felt while reading this, but it was an easy 5-star rating and I highly recommend this or the original novel to anyone unfamiliar with these events. ✨ Content warnings for: (view spoiler)[violence, murder, abuse, starvation, illness, infant death, death of a parent, war, human trafficking (hide spoiler)] Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review! ——— twitter | booktok | bookstagram | blog

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda M (The Curly Reader)

    Just as wonderful as the source novel!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Val

    Thanks to Edelweiss and Philomel Books for providing me with an early copy. The graphic novel comes out in October 2021. Review also posted on my my blog. “Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.” I need to start by saying I’m a big fan of Ruta Sepetys’s work. The way she approaches real historical events in her books is done with a lot of respect and consideration whilst she is also able to convey these stories through narratives o Thanks to Edelweiss and Philomel Books for providing me with an early copy. The graphic novel comes out in October 2021. Review also posted on my my blog. “Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.” I need to start by saying I’m a big fan of Ruta Sepetys’s work. The way she approaches real historical events in her books is done with a lot of respect and consideration whilst she is also able to convey these stories through narratives of well written and interesting fictional characters. Between Shades of Gray is set in 1941 and it follows a story of a 15-year-old girl named Lina whose family is deported from Lithuania to Siberia during Soviet repressions. On their way to Siberia we follow the fate and cruel treatment of people who were imprisoned along them. I have read the novel version in 2017 and I have also seen the movie when it came out. As glad as I am to relive this story again through graphic novel, the topic it explores also makes it extremely hard. I remember how shocking it was to see one scene from the book play out in the movie and how brutal and terrifying it was. The graphic novel does the same where multiple images stay with you even after you finished reading it. I can imagine it’s not an easy job to adapt 340 pages of the novel into less than 160 pages of graphic version, but it was done brilliantly and not feeling short of anything. The illustrations portrayed the glooming and depressing atmosphere perfectly as well. “But we weren’t just numbers. We were mothers, fathers, grandparents, brothers, sisters.” This is an important story and I would personally recommend it to everyone because for a lot of people it might be the first time they learn about these events. I live in a place where things like this also happened and this story definitely helped me put some insight on those events and made me see how these people were truly horribly mistreated. Similarly to The Book Thief or The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, this story captures true devastation and horror of such historical events by showing them through eyes of innocent children. By following Lina and her younger brother through all the terrible things that happened to them you could really feel the unfairness of such world. “The child had been alive only minutes but was already considered a criminal by the Soviets.” Overall, this was beautifully done and I could not stop reading it once I started. Even for those who have already read the novel or watched the movie this could really feel like a whole new experience.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Twilight Gilles

    As someone who has read the original book multiple times, I have to say that this graphic novel is one of the best adaptations I have seen. While some of the pages are a little wordy resulting in text boxes that were initially tough to follow, that would be my only real negative comment. The artwork is astounding, emotive, and fits the story. This is a must-read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mid-Continent Public Library

    This story is such a powerful reminder of the power of love and hope. Happy 10th anniversary to this title that is now also in graphic format. My son married a girl from Latvia five years ago. I discovered this book in its original format while they were engaged. After five years of marriage, they have two children and live in Latvia. I went to visit them this past summer and met many who have grown up in that country. One of my daughter-in-law's grandmothers lives in Riga where the museum comme This story is such a powerful reminder of the power of love and hope. Happy 10th anniversary to this title that is now also in graphic format. My son married a girl from Latvia five years ago. I discovered this book in its original format while they were engaged. After five years of marriage, they have two children and live in Latvia. I went to visit them this past summer and met many who have grown up in that country. One of my daughter-in-law's grandmothers lives in Riga where the museum commemorating the exile is located. She told me a story (in Latvian with my DIL translating) about her family trying to escape to Australia when the Russians invaded in 1941. At that time she was just a toddler. Some of their relatives escaped, but not her family. The Baltic states are so resilient! It was such a privilege to meet those people, knowing their history. If you have not already, please read the original book by Ruta Sepetys and this graphic version. Their story needs to be known. We'd been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean. I realized that if we boosted one another, maybe we'd get a little closer. *Reviewed by Darla from Red Bridge*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    There were several pages that I had to bookmark and return to to re-read and look at. The scariest and saddest moments of the story are highlighted with the choices for color and words (dialogue and narration) that enhance the reading of the original text story that Sepetys eloquently told. The adaptation is equally riveting because of the approach Donkin, Kopka, and Livesay took with certain scenes, vantage points, colors, and the emotional lives of the characters on the page in their faces and There were several pages that I had to bookmark and return to to re-read and look at. The scariest and saddest moments of the story are highlighted with the choices for color and words (dialogue and narration) that enhance the reading of the original text story that Sepetys eloquently told. The adaptation is equally riveting because of the approach Donkin, Kopka, and Livesay took with certain scenes, vantage points, colors, and the emotional lives of the characters on the page in their faces and body language. It's an adaptation that everyone should be celebrating and I will certainly have plenty of copies on hand in our library. It's a hidden history told with humanity and emotion that provides discussion at every turn. And the biggest question always-- why did this happen? How could this have happened?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mikaela Garcia

    Felt exactly like I read "Between Shades of Gray" like I cried a big river. This book is a reminder of what happened to all Baltic people and Jewish people in World War II. We must know all their story and promise that will never happen again. Felt exactly like I read "Between Shades of Gray" like I cried a big river. This book is a reminder of what happened to all Baltic people and Jewish people in World War II. We must know all their story and promise that will never happen again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    I can't believe it has been 10 years since I first read Between Shades of Gray. It was one of those books that introduced me to a new aspect of WWII and it had such a profound influence on me when I read it, one that has stayed with me ever since. Although the novel is still certainly well worth reading, so is the new graphic novel about what happened to 15-year-old Lina Vilkas and her family. Lina is arrested by the Soviet secret police or NKVD along with her mother and younger brother, Jonas, I can't believe it has been 10 years since I first read Between Shades of Gray. It was one of those books that introduced me to a new aspect of WWII and it had such a profound influence on me when I read it, one that has stayed with me ever since. Although the novel is still certainly well worth reading, so is the new graphic novel about what happened to 15-year-old Lina Vilkas and her family. Lina is arrested by the Soviet secret police or NKVD along with her mother and younger brother, Jonas, taken from their home in Kaunas, Lithuania on the night of June 14, 1941. Loaded into a truck along with other families that had been rounded up, the Vilkas soon find themselves at a remote train station, where other truckloads of arrested Lithuanians are arriving. Everyone is put into crowded cattle cars that just sit there for days. During that time, Lina meets Andrius and the two sneak out together at night. Lina is hoping to find her father since they don't know what has happened to him. Just before the trains leave the station, she finds her father in another train. The family is happy to know he is still alive even if they don't know what will happen to him. When their train finally leaves the station, they spend the next 42 days traveling to a remote area of Siberia, where they are forced to sign a paper that convicts them of crimes against the Soviet Union (their crime - simply being Lithuanian) and sentences them to 25 years of labor. Life in Siberia is hard, the winters are brutal and the degradations constantly inflicted by the Soviets make things even more difficult. Over time, Lina and Andrius find that they are attracted to each other, but often harsh conditions come between them. Eventually, they are separated when Lina and her family are sent to another prison camp in Siberia, where she finds life with Andrius even harsher. Lina manages to document everything that happens to her, her family, and everyone else using her artistic talent and drawing it all on whatever paper she could find and using whatever material she could draw with. She also manages to send letters to her father in another prison camp in the hope that they will reach him. But can her dream of her family being reunited after the war keep Lina's hopes and spirits up long enough to survive? I'm always skeptical of novels that have been turned into graphic formats. It feels like a novel has so much depth that could easily get lost. But I am glad to say that Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel has made the transition successfully and it is all thanks to the wonderful images that really capture so much of what happened to Lina and her family. The text is spare yet spot on, and the images are so detailed and should be throughly explored for what they have to say, too. For example, one image of the chaos at the train station as truckloads of arrested Lithuanians are forced into the waiting cattle cars. The confusion, fear, harsh treatment and Soviet threat is all there on people's faces and in their body language. Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel is an excellent addition to the history WWII. The Soviet treatment of citizens of countries they occupied during WWII isn't as well known as the history of the cruel treatment of Jews and political enemies by the Nazis and a graphic novel just may be what some readers are most comfortable with, although I highly recommend the original novel, too. This book is recommended for readers age 13+ This book is an eARC gratefully received from NetGalley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This is a great graphic adaptation of the novel. All the important bits were included, the drawings were nice and creative and they conveyed the emotions of the scenes, and even though the story has to be condensed I still ended up crying. This story never fails to make me cry.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Thank you to NetGalley and Peguin Young Readers Group for the review copy of the graphic novel version of Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. This book was first written as a young adult novel and is now adapted into a graphic novel. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the storyline is immersive. Between Shades of Gray takes place during World War II. In June of 1941, 15 year old Lina, her mother and brother were arrested in the middle of the night and deported from Lithuania to Siberia. Thr Thank you to NetGalley and Peguin Young Readers Group for the review copy of the graphic novel version of Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. This book was first written as a young adult novel and is now adapted into a graphic novel. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the storyline is immersive. Between Shades of Gray takes place during World War II. In June of 1941, 15 year old Lina, her mother and brother were arrested in the middle of the night and deported from Lithuania to Siberia. Through this time, Lina records the horrific conditions and terrible treatment using her artistic talents, prays to see her father again, and meets a young man. This stunning book will stay with you for awhile.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Preserves the themes and plotting of the novel, and the illustrations go well with the book. There are a fair number of rather gruesome episodes, so readers who will pick up just any graphic novel thinking it will be Smile should be aware of this. I may purchase and shelve in the nonfiction section with the other Holocaust books. It's great to see WWII books covering the Baltic states. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Preserves the themes and plotting of the novel, and the illustrations go well with the book. There are a fair number of rather gruesome episodes, so readers who will pick up just any graphic novel thinking it will be Smile should be aware of this. I may purchase and shelve in the nonfiction section with the other Holocaust books. It's great to see WWII books covering the Baltic states.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The graphic novel is a great representation of the book. This story is achingly devastating and something everyone should read about.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Basic B's Guide

    Dnf - Pages are busy with photos and dialogue and overstimulating IMO.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    I didn't read the book, but I know it's beloved. This adaption was easy to follow, but hard to read. The topic is very tough, but fans of historical fiction will enjoy this title. I didn't read the book, but I know it's beloved. This adaption was easy to follow, but hard to read. The topic is very tough, but fans of historical fiction will enjoy this title.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    This story is not as familiar as the removal of the Jews from Germany, but the deportation of Lithuanians to Siberia by the Soviet secret police was just as horrific.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    Out-freaking-standing. I hope everyone puts this on their TBR as it is a necessary read. Even if you've already read the actual story, seeing it in this new format will take your breath away. I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Out-freaking-standing. I hope everyone puts this on their TBR as it is a necessary read. Even if you've already read the actual story, seeing it in this new format will take your breath away. I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    It's hard to believe that ten years have passed since I read this powerful work of historical fiction by Ruta Sepetys. Having been incredibly moved by that story about a part of history with which I was unfamiliar, I was uncertain about its transformation into a graphic novel. I need not have worried since the change to a different format works very well, thanks to the colors, the illustrations, and the careful selection of text. In this graphic novel, readers follow fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas It's hard to believe that ten years have passed since I read this powerful work of historical fiction by Ruta Sepetys. Having been incredibly moved by that story about a part of history with which I was unfamiliar, I was uncertain about its transformation into a graphic novel. I need not have worried since the change to a different format works very well, thanks to the colors, the illustrations, and the careful selection of text. In this graphic novel, readers follow fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas as she and her family are rounded up along with others in Lithuania by the Soviet secret police and taken to various work camps in Siberia and near the Arctic Circle. The book is filled with various horrors and degradations as the prisoners endure unspeakable treatment, demanding labor, and severe hunger as well as no health care. The prisoners are degraded constantly, ridiculed, and even forced to fashion their own dwelling places out of limited resources once they reach their final destination. The horrors of war and limits to self-expression are depicted accurately here, but readers will also make note of how Lina uses her artistic talent and notes to record what's happening to her and around her. She also experiences the blushes of a first romance and watches as her fellow prisoners make various deals and sacrifices in order to survive or help those that they love to survive. And often, even when she considers someone to be an enemy or annoyance, that individual turns out to have some compassion and humanity. A tribute to the indominable spirit of humans, this visual version of the earlier book highlights events that have been hidden for decades. It will prompt much curiosity on the part of readers, who will surely want to learn more in order to understand what happened and why.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    I am a really big fan of the novel, and really all of Ruta Sepetys' novels. I enjoyed reading this graphic novel adaptation, but found that some of the concepts and events were too much to be in a small text box. I was left wanting to re-read the novel. That isn't really a criticism of the execution of the adaptation, which is partially done by the team that created Illegal, a graphic novel that also has violent atrocities committed against people of particular ethnic groups. I think I personall I am a really big fan of the novel, and really all of Ruta Sepetys' novels. I enjoyed reading this graphic novel adaptation, but found that some of the concepts and events were too much to be in a small text box. I was left wanting to re-read the novel. That isn't really a criticism of the execution of the adaptation, which is partially done by the team that created Illegal, a graphic novel that also has violent atrocities committed against people of particular ethnic groups. I think I personally far prefer this to be a more complete story as it is in the novel, but fully realize that it may reach more people in this way. I am also a little wary of the way that some younger students like to pick up just about any graphic novel they can find once they start to read things like Babymouse, or Smile, or Phoebe and Her Unicorn, but this is a book that includes a sexual assault and acts of violence that many young readers are not ready to see. I would be more likely to include this story in my classroom library where I will have greater knowledge of who might be signing it out (as I teach 5/6 and have grade 7s visit to sign out books). This is a powerful story of what happened in Baltic states during World War 2, in which a family is sent on a train full of other displaced Lithuanians to work camps where they were given treated terribly. A teenage girl is able to survive through the strength of her mind, thoughts of her father, art, and imagining a future beyond these work camps (against the odds). A hard, but uplifting story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Yarbrough

    I was a bit torn on this one. The watercolor wash illustrations are affecting when one comes across the notes and illustrations found throughout the story. But as someone who has read the novel text of this tale, I couldn't help but feel that some of the weight of the story was lost. R. Sepetys writes beautifully, her words interweave in a fashion that plops the reader almost brutally into settings that are uncomfortable, intense and impactful. I am not sure that this translates as strongly to t I was a bit torn on this one. The watercolor wash illustrations are affecting when one comes across the notes and illustrations found throughout the story. But as someone who has read the novel text of this tale, I couldn't help but feel that some of the weight of the story was lost. R. Sepetys writes beautifully, her words interweave in a fashion that plops the reader almost brutally into settings that are uncomfortable, intense and impactful. I am not sure that this translates as strongly to the graphic format. However, that being said, stories like this should come to light and if this venue opens up a new type of reader to some perhaps little-known sections of history... I can see the value. I might not have even quibbled on the impact of this one if I had not read the other version first. So, toss up. I would present it to my sometimes-reluctant reader teens as something that would be worth their time. #netgalley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kym's Open Books

    I adore Rita Septys and her writing. This did not seem accurate to my memory of one of my favorite HF. I’ve read many e-ARCs and they almost always have typos. That’s the beauty of the books, it’s before they’re perfected and we’re able to glimpse their greatness before everyone else. But this one was terrible. I really had a hard time understanding a lot of the pages. The sentences are mashed together, sometimes appearing in different places on the page. Sentences are placed in between the lines I adore Rita Septys and her writing. This did not seem accurate to my memory of one of my favorite HF. I’ve read many e-ARCs and they almost always have typos. That’s the beauty of the books, it’s before they’re perfected and we’re able to glimpse their greatness before everyone else. But this one was terrible. I really had a hard time understanding a lot of the pages. The sentences are mashed together, sometimes appearing in different places on the page. Sentences are placed in between the lines of sentences, words are not complete or random letters are throughout the page. It really was difficult to decipher. I’m seeing reviews that it is stunning and beautiful and I can’t help but feel jipped for the condition my copy was in. I will give this another try with the hard copy when it is published, but for now, I’m sorry to say I do not recommend it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Deena Lipomi

    Fifteen-year-old Lina, her younger brother, and mother are arrested and taken from their Lithuanian home in 1941 and sentenced to hard labor in Siberia during the Soviet takeover of the Baltic countries. Lina, an artist, is determined to document her experiences despite the danger it poses so that the world will know what happened to around a third of her country's population. This heartbreaking historical graphic novel is adapted from the 2011 novel of the same name, and has as much impact as t Fifteen-year-old Lina, her younger brother, and mother are arrested and taken from their Lithuanian home in 1941 and sentenced to hard labor in Siberia during the Soviet takeover of the Baltic countries. Lina, an artist, is determined to document her experiences despite the danger it poses so that the world will know what happened to around a third of her country's population. This heartbreaking historical graphic novel is adapted from the 2011 novel of the same name, and has as much impact as the original. The illustrations are very detailed and give the reader a great look at the people and landscapes in the story. An important read from a horrific period of time that shows how people can endure.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I read the Between Shades of Gray novel and thought it was absolutely fantastic and heartbreaking at the same time. The art in the graphic novel is beautiful and does a fantastic job of showing the emotions. I also love that we get to see some of the sketches, because those play such an important role in the story. I did find that some of the intensity was lost because Sepetys' writing style is absolutely beautiful and the writing is much more sparse in the graphic novel. I think this would be a fa I read the Between Shades of Gray novel and thought it was absolutely fantastic and heartbreaking at the same time. The art in the graphic novel is beautiful and does a fantastic job of showing the emotions. I also love that we get to see some of the sketches, because those play such an important role in the story. I did find that some of the intensity was lost because Sepetys' writing style is absolutely beautiful and the writing is much more sparse in the graphic novel. I think this would be a fantastic book for a younger audience. I remember reading Maus in middle school and could see this being used in a similar context to show a different POV from the same time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bozhena Levine

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the electronic copy of this amazing book. This story is very similar to what my grandmother and her family lived through in Belarus during the war. She was 8 years old and the oldest of 4 children when the war began. While her father was drafted to defend the country, she was helping her mother with her siblings (4 year old, 2 year old, and a newborn) on the long transport to Siberia, and then working alongside her to feed everybody and keep everyone Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the electronic copy of this amazing book. This story is very similar to what my grandmother and her family lived through in Belarus during the war. She was 8 years old and the oldest of 4 children when the war began. While her father was drafted to defend the country, she was helping her mother with her siblings (4 year old, 2 year old, and a newborn) on the long transport to Siberia, and then working alongside her to feed everybody and keep everyone alive. These stories are too important and must be told! The graphic novel format adds an element of reality and makes the telling that much more poignant.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Slaidey Valheim

    An emotionally stirring graphic novel that brings to light the tragedies of war and the injustice of those caught between it. The life of the main character does not lend to any over exaggeration, it simply presents the realities that were once faced-- the sadness I felt came deep and slow for the characters' lives/struggles. A truly empathetic piece inspired by true events and stories. The style of the graphic novel itself takes time and care in expressing the repression of a people through wat An emotionally stirring graphic novel that brings to light the tragedies of war and the injustice of those caught between it. The life of the main character does not lend to any over exaggeration, it simply presents the realities that were once faced-- the sadness I felt came deep and slow for the characters' lives/struggles. A truly empathetic piece inspired by true events and stories. The style of the graphic novel itself takes time and care in expressing the repression of a people through watercolouresque art. Just lovely.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carrie G

    A visually stunning adaptation of the YA novel by the same name. I read the novel several years ago, but re-reading it again in graphic novel format brought the story to life in such a visceral way. I recently was part of a conference where the author and adaptor spoke. They mentioned one or two "hidden gems" within the artwork, but I wish they had had time to speak to more of them. As I read, I felt like there were things I must be missing! I think reading this graphic novel would be a great en A visually stunning adaptation of the YA novel by the same name. I read the novel several years ago, but re-reading it again in graphic novel format brought the story to life in such a visceral way. I recently was part of a conference where the author and adaptor spoke. They mentioned one or two "hidden gems" within the artwork, but I wish they had had time to speak to more of them. As I read, I felt like there were things I must be missing! I think reading this graphic novel would be a great entry point for a student to then read the novel. Can't WAIT to share this with students!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Perkins

    I've been waiting for this graphic novel since it was announced. The book Between Shades of Gray was a beautifully told tale of Lina and her family's survival during a terrible terrible time. This adaptation was a fantastic extension of that, letting you see the scenery and images described in the book. It's been a long time since I read the novel, but all of the things that I was hoping would be incorporated were, including some of my favorite quotes. I've been waiting for this graphic novel since it was announced. The book Between Shades of Gray was a beautifully told tale of Lina and her family's survival during a terrible terrible time. This adaptation was a fantastic extension of that, letting you see the scenery and images described in the book. It's been a long time since I read the novel, but all of the things that I was hoping would be incorporated were, including some of my favorite quotes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This book was heartbreaking, informative and full of so many complicated as well as horrible situations and conditions that so many went through in Soviet Russia. Highly recommend. Trigger warnings: forced imprisonment, forced arrest, forced deportation, starvation, sexual assault, death, disease, horrible living conditions, forced manual labor, war

  29. 4 out of 5

    Milly Virus

    A most wonderful but sad read. A part of history I have never really read about before. This was a required summer reading for high school freshman and I am so very glad I heard about this book!!! I would surely recommend this book to ALL!!! What resilience these characters had!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mae (readingwithmae)

    An e-ARC of this graphic novel was sent to me by Penguin Teen. All opinions are my own. -4/5 stars Beautiful artwork and a powerful story. I am looking forward to seeing the finished graphic novel in full color.

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