Friday, February 10, 2012

Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

Sasha lives in the USSR with his father in a communal apartment with 47 other people.  He has dreamed of becoming a Young Soviet Pioneer all his short life and serving Stalin whom he worships.  Then one night his father is arrested and slowly everything Sasha knows, loves and believes in begins to crumble. 

Written to be accessible to young readers this is a look into the Cold War that just might send readers looking for more.  Heavily illustrated and printed in a format that reluctant readers will be also be drawn to.
As an adult I can only wonder how anyone survived this time period.  Eugene Yelchin won a 2012 Newbery Honor for BREAKING STALIN'S NOSE and I am glad he did otherwise I am not sure I would have read this book.  Recommended for middle graders that enjoy historical fiction.

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