"Best-selling author and Carnegie Medal finalist Ruta Sepetys told a rapt group of middle schoolers that the characters in her novels are not just a collection of sentences on a printed page.
"As I'm writing, I'd feel not only angry, but sad - I'd be sobbing (while writing)," she said. "They really do feel real to me."
Courtesy of Skype, Sepetys came to Horace Mann Middle School to talk about the writing process, resolving plot questions and plug an upcoming movie based on her New York Times best-seller "Between Shades of Gray." The 2011 novel is about the genocide of Lithuanians and other Baltic people following the Soviet occupation in 1941.
Sepetys said she decided to write the book to shine light on a little-known chapter of history. She said she had spoken to survivors who told her not to bother with it, as the world has forgotten them."
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|HMS students for @AllInReading event with the author|
Horace Mann Middle School in MA brought me to tears! Students created a Lithuanian flag with their shirts for @allinreading Skype event. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GvoYQaMbQD— Ruta Sepetys (@RutaSepetys) February 17, 2017