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Ruta Sepetys visits high schools in Memphis and Martin

We are so grateful to Ruta Sepetys and the students and teachers from G.W. Carver High School in Memphis and Westview High School in Martin for making April's Student Reader Day events a great success.

More than 500 students participated in these events. Teachers at both schools read the book with their students, and many students did projects related to the book creating their own original poems, illustrations, and current event reports based on Between Shades of Gray. All students and the school library received a copy  of the book provided by Humanities Tennessee. 

Over the past year, Ruta Sepetys's novel of Stalin's genocide in the Baltic states through the experiences of fifteen year old, Lina, has garnered much deserved acclaim including: 

  • New York Times Notable Book of 2011 
  • Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2011
  • The iTunes Rewind Best Teen Novel
  • School Library Journal Best Book of 2011
  • Winner of the Prix-RTL LIRE Award for Best Novel for Young People 2011 in France
  • Winner of the Golden Kite Award, an honor by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Finalist for the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award
  • Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal
  • Sepetys has been honored with Lithuania's Patriot Award

You can read more about Between Shades of Gray on Chapter 16.