A New Favorite: Breaking Stalin’s Nose

I’m sitting in a coffee shop. I just finished ‘Breaking Stalin’s Nose’ by Eugene Yelchin. It’s a rare day when I can start and finish a book–but I couldn’t put this one down.

Yelchin gives us a glimpse into Soviet Russia through the eyes of a child. In a flash a young Soviet boy loses everything…but it takes a day for this reality to sink in. Join Sasha on the eve of his communist Pioneer induction. Watch as he moves from total faith in his party and leader…to alienation. Don’t worry–the story is also peppered with humor and hope. The illustrations are works of art worthy of their own book. It’s in my top five favorite children’s books. A must read.


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