“One Book, One School”

In an effort to build community, promote active literacy across the curriculum, and encourage students to read for pleasure, Holy Cross High School introduced  its “One Book, One School” program in 2009.

By creating a common reading experience among the school community, the program creates common knowledge and vocabulary and allows participants to come together to discuss the book on both a social and an academic level.

The “One Book, One School” program selection for 2013-2014 is Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.





2012 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist; YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2012; YALSA Readers’ Choice Nomination 2012, Realistic Fiction; ALA Notable Children ‘s Book 2012, Older; BooklistTop 10 First Novels for Youth, 2011; Booklist 2011 Editors’ Choice, Books for Youth, Fiction, Older Reader;; <booklist< i=”">Top 10 Books for Youth, Historical Fiction: 2011; Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2011; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2011, Fiction; SLJ Best Books of 2011, Fiction; Best Books of 2011, Young Adult; The New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2011, Young Adult; 2012 CCBC Choices; 2011 Cybils Awards, Young Adult Fiction, Finalist</booklist<>



In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina’s father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. All is lost.

Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. She risks everything to use her art as messages, hoping they 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, and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?

Between Shades of Grayis a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.

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Born and raised in Michigan, Ruta Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. The nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia disappeared from maps in 1941 and did not reappear until 1990. As this is a story seldom told, Ruta wanted to give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their lives during Stalin’s cleansing of the Baltic region.

Ruta lives with her family in Tennessee. Between Shades of Gray is her first novel. You can visit Ruta Sepetys at

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