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Book Club Respone 3

I thought Between Shades of Gray was a really good book to read.  What I loved about the book was how the book stared off with a hook and it had you keep reading it.  I also loved the story line of the book and the knowlegde about the time period and place.  One thing I hated about the book was at the ending the book just stopped where it was at and didn’t really say what happened to them, so you don’t know how their story ends.  A part that made me sad in the book is when Lina, her brother and mom were in their hut and her mom was sick, as the time past her mom dies so it just Lina and her brother Jonas left.  What made me angery was the soviets because they took good people out of their homes into a concentration camp where it was hard to survive.  There wasn’t any lines that stuck with me but I think the story will though.  I feel like now I understand how it was such a hardship for that country and don’t think I could ever survive what they went through.  I have enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this book to friends and family.

Book Club Response 2

I have finished the book, Between Shades of Gray, so heres what has happened in the rest of the book.   After staying in the camp for months almost a year half of the people get taken to a different camp, but instead of staying in a shack they build they own place to live out of tree branches.  At this point more people are getting sick and dying.  Lina’s brother got sick, but soon got better.   One of the hardest things Lina experienced was her moms death.  Surviving there was really hard fore her and her brother, but they pushed through it.  In the epilogue it talks about how Lina & her brother stayed there for twelve years before going back home.

All the people in my group’s theme, we stated in the podcast was how they were treated poorly by the soviets and how their eperience at the camps were terrible and hard.  Some scenes we chose were when the first got to the camp, how they were fed poorly and how they were beaten.  We chose these scenes to show how difficult their struggles were and it is important because it shows how people back in the day struggled with these camps.

The event of history that took place in the book is the time period during hitler and the soviet concentation camps during the 1932.  These camps held 2,000-10,000 people who we prisonors or innocent.  In these camps they would labour as many as 14 hours per day.  Joseph Stalin was the leader at this time and put them through hardship.

source-https://www.britannica.com/place/Gulag

Book Club Response 1

Right now I’m on page 185 and the book is about this family that gets taken from their home in Lithuania by soviet union and has traveled in the back of a truck to a train station.  From the train station they traveled all the way to Siberia.  The train ride was tough and lots of people died.  When they got to the destination, they arrived to a camp with stacks for the people to live in while the soviet union get log cabins.   The soviets have been treating the people terribly and have made them work harder than they can.   The theme of this book so far is life is hard but you can get through the tough times.   This family didn’t know why they were taken and it’s really hard for them, but they have strengh

The author of this book is Ruta Sepetys and she was born in Michigan.  She has knowledge of Lithuania becuase she is a daughter a Lithuania refugee.  She is an author of historical fiction in over 60 countries and 40 languages.   She is also consider a croosover author.  She wrote this book because her grandfather was in the Lithuania army and as she visited Lithuania and learned more about her history, she wanted to write a book and it in fiction.

I think what’s coming up in this book is more hardship for the people at the camp.  I predict they will be done with the camp by the end of the book and their dad will be reunited with them.