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Breaking Stalin's Nose

Breaking Stalin's Nose

Eugene Yelchin; illustrations by Eugene Yelchin

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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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.

One of Horn Book's Best Fiction Books of 2011

American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, ALA Notable Children's Books, Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (Women's National Book Association), Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML, Michigan Mitten Award, Judy Lopez Book Award, Newbery Honor Book, Kansas William Allen White Award, Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book A ML

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Breaking Stalin's Nose

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MY DAD IS A HERO and a Communist and, more than anything, I want to be like him. I can never be like Comrade Stalin, of course. He's our great Leader and Teacher.
The voice on the radio says, "Soviet...

About the author

Eugene Yelchin; illustrations by Eugene Yelchin

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.

Eugene Yelchin

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