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By Ruta Sepetys

"Few books are superbly written, fewer nonetheless are vital; this novel is both."--The Washington Post

From New York Times bestseller Ruta Sepetys, writer of Salt to the Sea

A New York Times striking book
An overseas Bestseller
A Carnegie Medal Nominee

Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian woman dwelling a standard life--until Soviet officials invade her domestic and tear her relations aside. Separated from her father and compelled onto a crowded teach, Lina, her mom, and her younger brother make their solution to a Siberian paintings camp, the place they're compelled to struggle for his or her lives. Lina unearths solace in her artwork, documenting those occasions through drawing. Risking every thing, she imbeds clues in her drawings in their position and secretly passes them alongside, hoping her drawings will make their solution to her father's legal camp. yet will energy, love, and wish be adequate for Lina and her kinfolk to survive?

A relocating and haunting novel for readers of The publication Thief

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I requested fast. “Oh, I don’t understand, Lina. I’ve been to plenty of prisons and camps, none as distant as this, yet there are millions of individuals. I heard a well-known accordion participant were shot, purely to fulfill him a number of months later in a jail. ” My middle leapt. “That’s what I instructed my mom. perhaps Ivanov was once incorrect! ” “Well, I don’t understand, Lina. yet let’s simply say I’ve met loads of useless humans. ” I nodded and smiled, not able to comprise the fountain of wish he had simply given me. “Dr. Samodurov, how did you discover us? ” I requested him. “Nikolai Kretzsky,” was once all he stated. eighty five JONAS SLOWLY started to heal. Janina was once talking back. We buried the guy who wound his watch. I clung to the tale of the accordion participant and visualized my drawings making their means into Papa’s palms. I drew progressively more, considering that come spring, possibly i'd be capable of ship off a message by some means. “You instructed me these Evenks at the sleds helped the doctor,” stated Jonas. “Maybe they might support us, too. It feels like they've got loads of provides. ” sure. possibly they'd support us. I had a routine dream. I observed a male determine coming towards me within the camp throughout the swirling ice and snow. I consistently woke prior to i'll see his face, yet as soon as i assumed I heard Papa’s voice. “Now, what kind of brilliant woman stands in the midst of the line while it’s snowing? ” “Only one whose father is late,” I teased. Papa’s face seemed, frosty and crimson. He carried a small package deal of hay. “I’m no longer late,” he acknowledged, placing his arm round me. “I’m correct on time. ” I left the jurta to cut wooden. i started my stroll in the course of the snow, 5 kilometers to the tree line. That’s while I observed it. A tiny sliver of gold seemed among colors of grey at the horizon. I stared on the amber band of solar, smiling. The sunlight had back. I closed my eyes. I felt Andrius relocating shut. “I’ll see you,” he acknowledged. “Yes, i'm going to see you,” I whispered. “I will. ” I reached into my pocket and squeezed the stone. EPILOGUE APRIL 25, 1995 KAUNAS, LITHUANIA “What are you doing? continue relocating or we won’t end today,” stated the guy. building automobiles roared in the back of him. “I chanced on something,” stated the digger, staring into the outlet. He knelt down for a more in-depth glance. “What is it? ” “I don’t recognize. ” the guy lifted a wood field from the floor. He pried the hinged best open and seemed inside of. He got rid of a wide glass jar jam-packed with papers. He opened the jar and started to learn. expensive buddy, The writings and drawings you carry on your fingers have been buried within the yr 1954, after coming back from Siberia with my brother, the place we have been imprisoned for twelve years. there are lots of hundreds of thousands folks, approximately all useless. these alive can't converse. notwithstanding we dedicated no offense, we're considered as criminals. Even now, talking of the terrors we have now skilled might lead to our loss of life. So we placed our belief in you, the individual that discovers this pill of thoughts someday sooner or later. We belief you with fact, for contained herein is precisely that—the fact. My husband, Andrius, says that evil will rule until eventually strong males or girls decide to act.

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