Breaking Stalin's Nose

Breaking Stalin's Nose

by Eugene Yelchin
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Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

A Newbery Honor Book.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429949958
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 297,503
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

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 studied art and theater design at the Leningrad Institute of Theater Arts. He lives in California.

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Breaking Stalin's Nose 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This is a slice of reality from life in Russia, written by someone who was born and lived there.  The story is utterly absorbing from the first page and ends on a note of hope.  The author has also illustrated his book, lending it additional authenticity. It is a small book and reads very quickly. Highly recommended for 5-6th grades and up. 
RN More than 1 year ago
A young Russian boy accidently breaks the nose off of a bust of Stalin. He is concerned for his life as he is surrounded by people he cannot trust because his family members and classmates keep disappearing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes this book was short but that didnt stop the author to not write a great book im in 5th grade and finshed this book in a day ! To me this book wasnt scary at all well except the suthors note that sorta freaked me out im glad i dont live in russia . The whole pionner thing made me think about boy scouts. I knew there was a message to the whole book i just didnt get it that clear but i will most likly read this book next year to maybe understand it more . I will highly recomend this book from ages 10-14 becuase it is a nice book and the story was very well writen sonetines. My only negitave thing to say is things happend so fast i was like whaaaasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaht??? Any way this guy has to write a sequel are another book . This book will be a great book to read whenever IT WILL NEVER BE FORGOT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading and loved it. The ending is good but doesnt tell enough. I hope there is a book after this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Breaking Stalin’s Nose, a historical fiction novel by Eugene Yelchin, depicts the story of Sasha Zaichik, a ten-year-old boy who lives with his distinguished father in a crowded apartment in the Soviet Union. Raised in the strictly communist USSR, Zaichik nearly worships Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, and the child longs to join the esteemed Young Pioneers, a group for adolescents devoted to Stalin and communism. However, when his beloved father is arrested and Ziachik makes a mistake that is perceived as terrorism, Ziachik’s entire world is turned upside down. Disillusioned, he begins to realize that perhaps Stalin, communism, and the Soviet Union aren’t so perfect after all. Breaking Stalin’s Nose is an exceptional novel. Although the book takes place over only two days, the reader witnesses Ziachik’s entire life change, highlighting the fact that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Also, unlike most historical novels, Breaking Stalin’s Nose is written from the perspective of someone—Zaichik—who actually experienced this era, allowing us to understand the obsession, brain-washing, and fear characteristic of the USSR. Uniquely, Yelchin manages to convey the cruelty and injustice of communism while avoiding the gruesome details inappropriate for children. Although Breaking Stalin’s Nose has extremely serious themes, its simple vocabulary, short length, and engaging pictures make the novel perfect for young readers, especially those with a penchant for history. Yelchin’s novel expanded my appreciation for the freedom to think for myself, our nation’s impartial justice system, and the equality essential to democracy. I encourage you to read this book as well, discovering for yourself the countless things you take for granted every day. Isabella T., age 15, Memphis Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very well written and it kept my attention from the start. It is a very different perspective of Stalin. The boy wants to be like Stalin. The only reason I rated it four stars instead of five was because the ending seemed like a cliffhanger, so I'm wondering if there is a sequel. I would read it if there was.
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I hated it it was fricin crap sucs to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book I've ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to find another newbery ( did I spell that right? ) at the library, and eagerly began reading this. I must admit, I was very dissapointed. I am a cheerful girl, but I do enjoy sad books if they are deep. I found this book to be depressing and shallow. I had no respect at all for the main character, and the book ended very abrubtly, with the few things they wrapped up being shoved in to the last three pages. I am sorry to be do harsh, and I'm just giving my opinion. It is historical fiction, and I know that the book was set tn a depressing time. The author captured that well. Maybe this is a fantastic book, just not for 11 year old girls.
valleygirlVG More than 1 year ago
Breaking Stalin's Nose caught my attention, I love titles, however, working as a school librarian I am confused as to what age group Eugene Yelchin is targeting? Sash'a life changing experience had me glued to the book. It teaches communism, and Stalin's cleansing in a nut shell. Very simple for 6th to 9th graders. If a 1st grader to 4th, came home with this book, as a parent I might be upset. First, I don't think they would get the message, and second it was kinda scarey. When I recieved this book for my collection it was cataloged as juvenile fiction, I cataloged it as YA. Ya is more age appropriate. I also passed the book on to a 7th grade teacher who utilzes Youtube, among other contemporary approachs to teach communism. Good book excellent illustrations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay.It has lots of picture but it was short.
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This book was the boom
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It looks like a good book.Is it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about it in class
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