Breaking Stalin's Nose
One of Horn Book’s Best Fiction Books of 2011 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... show more
One of Horn Book’s Best Fiction Books of 2011 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.
Publish date: September 27th 2011
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
, Chapter Books
When I read one of these disillusionment stories, it's so predictable for it to be about the Soviet bloc. The fact that it's historical fiction doesn't change this, because the themes are still there. I remember when Laura Apol suggested we consider that Lois Lowry's The Giver might actually be abou...
A very hard book to review. It's short length really belies its depth. Who is this for? I'm not really sure. It's a bit mature for elementary and even some middle school kids, but maybe too simple for high schoolers. And yet, I really loved it. I loved it for tackling such a difficult topic. ...
This book was a quick read with pictures that added to the quality of the story. This book is about Sasha Zaichik whose father is arrested one night and it follows Sasha through the night and following day, and choices he must make to survive. It will be an eye opening story for children to read, bu...
I try not to question "the committee's" choices but this book flew across the room when I finished. It reads like a short story which should be featured on NPR's selected shorts. NOT and early chapter book.Really, Schmidt and Ness didn't make the cut, but this got through?