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Acclaimed author to address Pateros school students


PATEROS – The North Central Regional Library will host best selling author Ruth Sepetys as part of its NCRL Reads series for a three-day tour of selected schools next month.

Sepetys, a writer of historical fiction and author of the award-winning book, Between Shades of Gray, will speak to students at Pateros High School on Dec. 5, and Liberty Bell High School, Dec. 6. She will also visit schools in Eastmont, Cashmere, Moses Lake, and Warden.

In addition to her visit to Okanogan County, Sepetys will headline a public speaking event at Wenatchee High School at 6 p.m., Dec. 5, where she will also sign copies of her book.

NCRL Reads is a program that encourages participants to read the same book, discuss it in school classrooms and reading groups, and meet the author.

Between Shades of Gray, Sepetys’ debut novel tells story of a Lithuanian family caught up in Stalin’s ethnic cleansing in the Baltic states when Soviet officers invade their home, force them into a crowded train and enslave them at Siberian work camps. The story is told through the eyes of 15-year-old Lina, who finds solace in her art and documents the events by drawing.

Sepetys’ book was a New York Times Bestseller List, nominated for the Carnegie Medal and translated into more than 27 languages. The author is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. She was recently awarded the Cross of the Knight of the Order by the President of Lithuania in 2013 for her contributions to education and memory preservation.

NCRL provided copies of Sepetys’ book to the high schools where she will be speaking and all 30 NCRL branches have copies of the book available for checkout. NCRL’s Facebook Book Club is currently hosting an online discussion of the book leading up to Sepetys’ visit.


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