Breaking Stalin's Nose

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Breaking Stalin's Nose
Author: Yelchin, Eugene
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1950
Geographic Area: Asia
Country: Russia
Topics: Soviet Union
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography
Reading Age: Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2011

World History > Modern Age > Soviet Union

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.

Eugene Yelchin's 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.

Breaking Stalin's Nose is one of Horn Book's Best Fiction Books of 2011

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