Thanks, everyone, for sharing bullying tales with such bravery. The winner of Carrie Ryan's The Dark and Hollow Places, chosen at random, is... Amy! Send me your address, A. This week, I'm giving away a copy of Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
From the publisher: "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."
I have to admit that I didn't know much about Stalin's victims in this time -- the focus of what I've learned is so much on Hitler. Lina's story is heartbreaking and riveting and uplifting -- I think you'll love it. (And how about that soft, understated cover. Lovely!)
To enter to win, share the the last book that made you cry in the comments (I know, I'm prying again--can't help it. So curious!). For me it was this one. Easy.