"This superlative first novel by Ruta Sepetys demonstrates the strength of its unembellished language. A hefty emotional punch."
The New York Times
"Brave Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in."
"Heart-wrenching... A story of hardship as well as human triumph, Between Shades of Gray is an eye-opening reimagination of a very real tragedy written with grace and heart."
The Los Angeles Times
Between Shades of Gray and the other books in this tiny but perhaps widening historical niche are worth a young reader's time not just because they move or uplift (which they do). These volumes also give children the opportunity to develop as clear and educated an opinion about communism as they will have already formed about Nazism. And that's something worth having."
Wall Street Journal
"Her prose is restrained and powerful, as unadorned as the landscape in which her characters struggle to survive... Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."
The Washington Post
Between Shades of Gray billed as a young-adult novel, but one that everyone should read... sings with truth."
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"A harrowing page-turner, made all the more so for its basis in historical fact, the novel illuminates the persecution suffered by Stalin's victims (20 million were killed), while presenting memorable characters who retain their will to survive even after more than a decade in exile."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An important book that deserves the widest possible readership."
Booklist, starred review
"Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers through the crushing tragedy of this tale that needs telling."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A brilliant story of love and survival."
Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Wintergirls
"A document long overdue."
Richard Peck, Newbery Awardwinning author of A Year Down Yonder
"Beautiful and unforgettable."
Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honorwinning author of Hitler Youth