Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

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One of Horn Book’s Best Fiction Books of 2011  Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six:The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism.A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience.A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings.But now that it is finally time to join the Young Pioneers, the day Sasha has awaited for so long, everything seems to go awry. He breaks a classmate's glasses with a snowball. He accidentally damages a bust of Stalin in the school hallway.  And worst of all, his father, the best Communist he knows, was arrested just last night.  This moving story of a ten-year-old boy's world shattering is masterful in its simplicity, powerful in its message, and heartbreaking in its plausibility.

About Eugene Yelchin

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Eugene Yelchin has illustrated several books for children, including Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? and Won Ton. He lives in California with his wife and children.
Published September 27, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 161 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sasha is 10 years old and is devoted to Stalin, even writing adoring letters to Comrade Stalin expressing his eagerness at becoming a Young Pioneer.

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Publishers Weekly

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Picture book author/illustrator Yelchin (Won Ton) makes an impressive middle-grade debut with this compact novel about a devoted young Communist in Stalin-era Russia, illustrated with dramatically lit spot art.

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The Wall Street Journal

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The artist Eugene Yelchin, who was born in Russia shortly after Stalin's death, has drawn on history and family memory for "Breaking Stalin's Nose," a novel for children ages 9 to 12 that lays bare the ghastliness of the era without going into inappropriate detail.

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City Book Review

then the rest of us join in, and we all clap for a long time.” Sasha discovers there is no place in the communist society for mistakes and mishaps.

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Common Sense Media

Although Sasha is 10, most 10-year-olds won't have enough background information on this period of history to see the depth of Sasha's naiveté or to understand just how misplaced his optimism is.

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Historical Novel Society

Ten-year-old Sasha wants nothing more than to become a member of the Young Pioneers – the corps of Soviet school children devoted to serving Communism.

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