Books by Ruta Sepetys

In a starred review, Kirkus called Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray a “fluidly written historical novel” that “tackles a topic woefully underdiscussed in English-language children’s fiction: Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror.” The inspiration behind this debut novel was Sepetys’ father, who escaped from Lithuania as a young boy. Intensely proud of her Lithuanian heritage, Sepetys admits that she cried often while writing her book, and Kirkus believes that the story in Between Shades of Gray is one that “needs telling.”

SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Heartbreaking, historical, and a little bit hopeful. (author's note, research and sources, maps) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
January 1945: as Russians advance through East Prussia, four teens' lives converge in hopes of escape. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Immensely satisfying. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Step right onto the rough streets of the New Orleans French Quarter, circa 1950… Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 2011

"Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers through the crushing tragedy of this tale that needs telling. (maps, timeline, author's note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up, adult)"
This bitterly sad, fluidly written historical novel tackles a topic woefully underdiscussed in English-language children's fiction: Joseph Stalin's reign of terror. Read full book review >