Between Shades of Gray
This book was a powerful piece of YA historical fiction. Lina, her mother and her younger brother Jonas are packed up, put on a train and sent to Russian prison camps during World War II. This book describes the horrors they faced, the losses they endured and the struggles that they had to keep their faith and their humanity. This book was so powerful, yet so difficult to read. I think this book could be used in classrooms and I would strongly recommend it for school library purchase. The writing is captivating, the characters are so fleshed out that readers will immediately care for them, and the storyline is fast-paced to keep even reluctant readers engaged. This was the best historical fiction that I have read in some time.