Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Amidst all the discussion of darkness in young adult fiction, here is a book that tackles difficult subjects and certainly contains elements of darkness but that I would recommend highly. It is not that Between Shades of Gray is a job to read, in many ways it is not, but it is important to read and deal with the history it so eloquently portrays. It covers events that many in the world would just soon forget but in the process helps us remember what really matters. Here is the publishers...

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Red Star Rising by Brian Freemantle

When it comes to espionage fiction I am usually in the cold dark and gray camp. LeCarre (early not late), Deighton, etc. so Brian Freemantle’s Charlie Muffin seemed in my wheelhouse. Despite my preferecne of reading a character of series in order I decided to read Red Star Rising without having read any of the previous books. It turned out to be classic cold war spy fiction even though it was set in post war Europe. Here is the plot summary from the dust jacket: The body of a murdered...

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