||This intense, moving historical young adult novel focuses on Stalin's forced labor atrocities during and after WWII by following the gripping story of 15-year-old Lina, a Lithuanian girl. It's 1941, and Lina is a gifted artist with a special crush, just a regular teen girl. She has a wonderful family life, and has no idea what it means when Soviet soldiers come crashing into her home. Soon, she's sent on a harrowing train ride with her mother and brother to Siberia to endure forced labor in the beet fields. Bitter cold, little safety, and terrible decisions create a new life for the family. Lina copes by documenting the experience through drawings, hoping that somehow word will reach her father, who is in another camp. The only other source of solace is Andrius, a boy who Lina befriends. Steeped in history, this story shares a side of WWII history that is rarely focused on in American classrooms.