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
"[G]ets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends." (Horn Book)
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.
I was immensely impressed by the relentless, unsentimental way that the story unfolds.
The main character, without question.
I found this book to be absolutely gut wrenching. It's impossible to listen to it, without being affected.
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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