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Publisher's Summary

Celebrated artist and author Eugene Yelchin drew on his own experience growing up in Soviet Russia to pen this Newbery Honor Book. Breaking Stalin’s Nose follows 10-year-old Sasha Zaichik, who wants nothing more than to be a Young Pioneer in Stalin’s Communist Party. But when his father, a member of the State Security police, is arrested the night before the Young Pioneer ceremony, Sasha is left to re-evaluate everything he’s been taught about Stalin and what it truly means to be a good comrade.
©2011 Eugene Yelchin (P)2012 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"[G]ets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends." ( Horn Book)
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By Ira on 06-11-12

Compelling! Frightening!

What made the experience of listening to Breaking Stalin's Nose the most enjoyable?

The story is horrifying, so I'm not sure that "enjoyable" is the right word to describe it. I would say that experiencing the hell, that was Stalin's Soviet Union, through the slowly evolving perspective of a 10 year old boy, is both riveting and frightening.

What did you like best about this story?

I was immensely impressed by the relentless, unsentimental way that the story unfolds.

Which character – as performed by Mark Turetsky – was your favorite?

The main character, without question.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found this book to be absolutely gut wrenching. It's impossible to listen to it, without being affected.

Any additional comments?

It's a very powerful book. It should completely dispel any "romantic" notions that anyone might have, about what life under Stalin was like.

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By Jen H. on 12-31-17

Excellent Book

This book was awesome! Everyone in the family (ages 3-36) was on the edge of their seat. The only reason we didn’t give it 5 stars is because we didn’t feel like the story gave us enough closure.

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