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.”


OUT OF THE EASY by Ruta Sepetys
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 >
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
Released: March 22, 2011

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 >