Published in 2011, this book remains a favourite and if you haven’t read it yet, it is well worth adding to your summer reading list. My review, as you can see, is short because there really is not much more to say than: this is an excellent book, a compelling story that will fascinate and teach you in equal measure.
It is set during a little known or discussed historical period – the deportation of Lithuanians to Siberia in 1941 following its occupation by Russia. The story is based on true accounts and follows fifteen year old Lina and her family as they embark on a harrowing journey. Their story is sad and cruel yet full of hope and love too. An inspiring and fascinating book – read the epilogue to understand why so little is known of these events.