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Breaking Stalin's nose written and 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.

This is a 2012 Newbery Honor Book.