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Breaking Stalin's Nose

Breaking Stalin's Nose

by Eugene Yelchin Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

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.

2012 Newbery Honor Book

Ages
9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 7
Grade Level Equivalent
4.2
Lexile Measure
670L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
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Publisher
MAC - MACMILLAN PUBLISHING
Genre
Historical Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Eugene Yelchin Eugene Yelchin loves to create books that explore the boundaries of universal truth. He is the author and illustrator of the Newbery Honor book "Breaking Stalin's Nose", as well as many award-winning picture books. He lives in Topanga, California with his wife and their two children.
Eugene Yelchin Eugene Yelchin loves to create books that explore the boundaries of universal truth. He is the author and illustrator of the Newbery Honor book "Breaking Stalin's Nose", as well as many award-winning picture books. He lives in Topanga, California with his wife and their two children.

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