Rate from 1-10: 9
Reason: I thought this book was very emotional and after you read it, you’re like “woah”. I was so interested about the Soviet Union and what happened after reading this book. I had some general knowledge, but I learned so much more from this book. This book described everything about the labor, deaths, and always staying with family. Although this book is sad, there is a lot of warmness from the people keeping their hopes up. You get a whole different perspective of the war.
Summary: Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.