Summary: In this captivating historical fiction novel, fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas is taken along with her family from their home in Lithuania by the NKVD, the Soviet secret police. It is 1941 and Stalin is removing any people believed to be anti-Soviet and deporting them to refugee camps and prisons where millions are tortured, starved, and forced to live in conditions not even fit for animals. Along with her mother and brother, Lina struggles to stay alive with little more than hatred for the Soviets and hope that she will see her father alive again. A gifted artist, Lina risks her life as she documents their experiences and vows that the suffering of millions will not go unknown and their sacrifices will live on.
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