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Breaking Stalin's Nose

Yelchin, Eugene

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Breaking Stalin's Nose
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In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0805092161
9780805092165
Branch Call Number: j YELCHIN 2011
Characteristics: 140 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm

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The story opens on the eve of the fulfillment of Sasha's dream-to become a Young Soviet Pioneer-and traces the downward spiral of the following 24 hours, as he resists his growing understanding that his beloved Communist state is far from ideal.
(4th -6th graders)

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs. gr. 5-7


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Feb 16, 2015
  • LPL_RachaelH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The author effectively pulled off showing the reader the faults of Communist Russia. By following a little boy who, at the beginning, has complete faith and devotion to Stalin and his beliefs, readers are able to emotionally connect with and see how his life is changed forever. The only thing that was troublesome was that the boy had everlasting hope that everything would work out in the end when, in reality, his situation and circumstance would have actually been much graver. The story did however show why Communism didn’t work well and how the politicians and everyday people following Communism manipulated it and caused others pain in order to further their own means.

Jan 08, 2015
  • Aandrews19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a short story, but one packed with life and the nuances of human behavior under duress. That Sasha sees the world through the honest and unassuming eyes of a child makes this tale all the more compelling. A fantastic read for people of all ages.

Oct 08, 2013
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A kid appropriate glimpse into a tyrannical society/Communism.

Aug 23, 2013
  • szarnstorff rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This is a hard book for students to read about a difficult topic.

May 18, 2013
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The whole story takes place over the course of 2 days; but, this small amount of time totally change Sasha's world! On the 2013-2014 William Allen White 3 -5 Grade List.

Jul 19, 2012
  • euclid13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Should be in all the school libraries. YA and Adults might like, "One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich". Then for a little closer to home read, "It can't happen here".

i cant wait to read it

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Jan 08, 2015
  • Aandrews19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Aandrews19 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Jul 18, 2013
  • black_wolf_687 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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