A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Subject/Category: Gr. 9-12
Year Reviewed:: 2012
Review: Fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are part of the forcible relocation of Lithuanians by the Soviets in 1941. A gifted artist, Lina begins secretly creating pictures that she sneaks to her father where he's in his own prison camp. Through her art and efforts, she finds reasons to stay alive in the harrowing conditions of the camp. An informative author's note demonstrates that even in the heart of darkness "love is the most powerful army."