This is a coming-of-age tale of a young girl, who with her mother and younger brother is deported to a Soviet labor camp amid Stalin's reign of terror in the Baltic region during World War II. An aspiring artist, she secretly documents her harrowing journey with her drawings. In 1941, sixteen-year old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina's father gets separated from the family and put in a prison camp. Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like her, by documenting the experience in her art and notes. She risks everything, hoping that her messages in art will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know his family is still alive.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is excited to partner with author Ruta Sepetys and film director Marius Markevicius to deliver professional development workshops incorporating the novel Between Shades of Gray and the film Ashes in the Snow to assist educators in teaching about the history of Communism and the Baltic deportations during WWII. The workshops will be particularly interesting to educators (and others) who engage and work with immigrant communities. Based on the successful approach of its National Seminar for Middle and High School Educators, the workshop provides content knowledge, pedagogic support, and peer-to-peer sharing to empower teachers in their classroom. For more information visit: www.victimsofcommunism.org
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is an educational and human rights nonprofit organization authorized by a unanimous Congressional Act, which was signed as Public Law 103-199 on December 17, 1993.
Running Time: 98 minutes
Sponsored by: Penguin Young Readers
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Now Showing
Cost: Included with full conference registration.