International bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy
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About Ruta Sepetys
In 2011, author Ruta Sepetys published her debut novel, Between Shades of Gray, a poignant account of Joseph Stalin’s ethnic cleansing in the Baltic countries during WWII as seen through the eyes of a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl. Between Shades of Gray went on to become an international bestseller and one of the most acclaimed novels of the year, landing on numerous Best Book of the Year lists, including those from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Publishers Weekly. With prose “restrained and powerful” (The Washington Post), Ruta Sepetys’s “heart-wrenching” (The Los Angeles Times), “engrossing and poignant” (The Associated Press) novel went on to garner the Indies Choice Best Young Adult Book of the Year.
Her next novel, Out of the Easy, was named one of Bookspan’s top thirteen new books of 2013. It is a rich and poignant historical coming-of-age novel that firmly establishes Sepetys as one of today’s most talented writers. Sepetys continued to explore little-known stories from history in her bestselling book, Salt to the Sea, which unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a WWII—the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff that claimed 9,400 lives—and was the recipient of the Carnegie Medal.
Sepetys’ most recent novel, The Fountains of Silence, explores the hidden truths of surviving in Franco-era Spain and was an instant New York Times bestseller.
Ruta Sepetys is a truly gifted speaker who knows how to connect to – and reel in – her audience. She has been described as “a spectacular speaker. As in mind blowing, jaw dropping, side splitting, hands down one-of-the-best-visiting-authors-in-the-world good” by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Sepetys has visited schools in over twenty countries and has done several community reads programs. She has presented dozens of lectures and keynotes ranging from events at European Parliament, International Embassies, educational conferences, professional development events, and writing conferences.
Born and raised in Michigan, Sepetys grew up in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She currently lives with her husband in Tennessee.
Praise for Ruta Sepetys
Praise for The Fountains of Silence
An up-close and personal view of a chilling time in Spain’s history.— Shelf Awareness (starred review)
Gripping historical fiction with great crossover appeal.— BookPage (starred review)
Will keep young adults as well as adults interested from the first page to the last.— School Library Connection (starred review)
Compelling.— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
An exemplary work of historical fiction.— The Horn Book Review (starred review)
A stunning novel that exposes modern fascism and elevates human resilience.— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Gripping.— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Salt to the Sea
This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered, and in turn, it tries to remember the thousands of real people its fictional characters represent. What it asks of us is that their memories, and their stories, not be abandoned to the sea.— Booklist (starred review)
Sepetys excels in shining light on lost chapters of history, and this visceral novel proves a memorable testament to strength and resilience in the face of war and cruelty.— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Ruta Sepetys is a master of historical fiction. In Salt to the Sea the hard truths of her herculean research are tempered with effortless, intimate storytelling, as her warm and human characters breathe new life into one of the world’s most terrible and neglected tragedies.— Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Printz Award Honor Book Code Name Verity
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